(B) Motion. A party who seeks to request a telephonic appearance shall file a timely
motion. Such a motion may be brought by any party to assist a person with limited
communications, such as an inmate.
(i) Civil Cases and Trials. Motions for telephonic appearance in civil cases must be
presented on the assigned judge’s civil motion calendar. The motion to appear telephonically
must be noted for hearing at least one week before the matter for which a telephonic appearance
is sought. The assigned judge will rule on the motion to appear telephonically without oral
(ii) Criminal Motions. Motions for telephonic appearance for criminal motion
calendars must be presented to a criminal division judge. The motion may be made ex parte at
the beginning of any criminal calendar. The moving party may also note the motion for
consideration on the criminal miscellaneous calendar, and the criminal division judge will rule
on the motion to appear telephonically without oral argument.
(C) Procedure. The party who was granted a telephonic hearing may contact the
assigned judge’s judicial assistant for instructions at least two business days before the
telephonic hearing. A party who is granted a telephonic hearing has the same duties as parties
who appear in person, including the duties to provide judges’ copies of pleadings and to provide
a proposed order.