Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, courts have been looking for ways to cope. One of the ways that they are coping is through virtual hearings.
While these hearings may be conducted by telephone, most of them are held via Zoom or a similar web-based service. This enables the judge, the parties, and their attorneys to see and hear each other in real-time.
When you’re anticipating attending a Zoom court hearing in Shelby County, you want to make the best impression. What can you do to help ensure that things go smoothly?
Here are some tips:
1. Use a Computer
While virtual conference apps are available for smartphones, it’s wise to go old-school when you’re attending a court hearing. That means using a laptop or a desktop PC. Not only will the other attendees be able to see and hear you more clearly but you will also be able to interact with them more easily.
2. Do a Test Run
Before your hearing, do at least a couple of test runs with the virtual conference program that you’ll be using. Ask a friend to have a chat with you so that you can get comfortable with the technology and ensure that your computer and your Internet connection are up to the task of handling a virtual conference. If you make any software or hardware changes after the test run, be sure to try another test well before the hearing.
3. What’s in the Background?
Before your court hearing in Shelby County, decide where you will sit with your computer during the conference. This gives you an opportunity to assess what’s showing in your background. Get rid of clutter, laundry, food packaging, and anything else that might be distracting. A relatively austere background helps to keep the focus on you.
4. Check Your Lighting
For the best lighting, it is ideal to sit facing a window so that natural light comes in towards you. In addition, try to keep the room’s lighting as normal as possible, and position a soft ring light directly behind the camera.
5. Dress Like You’re in Court
Virtual court hearings are just as formal as if they took place in the courtroom. Dress like you would for a court date so that you look as neat, clean, and conservative as possible.
Contact Rincker Law today at (217) 774-1373, if you’d like more information about preparing for a Zoom court hearing in Shelby County.