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In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, all civil hearings and most criminal hearings in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California will be conducted either by teleconference or videoconference until further notice.  Commencing July 1, 2020, a limited number of criminal jury trials may be permitted at the court’s discretion.  See General Orders 72-4 and 74.  Following guidance from the Judicial Conference of the United States, and under authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”), members of the press and public may remotely observe hearings via videoconference or teleconference.

For information on how to observe court proceedings held by videoconference, visit cand.uscourts.gov/zoom.  A list of upcoming hearings that will be held by videoconference is available at apps.cand.uscourts.gov/telhrg/.  Log-in or call-in information is available on the assigned judge’s home page or calendar, or by emailing media@cand.uscourts.gov.

PLEASE NOTE:  Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings (including those held by telephone or videoconference).  See Court Rules Affecting the Media and General Order 58 at Paragraph III.  Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including “screen-shots” or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited.  Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court.  Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.

Any questions may be directed to media@cand.uscourts.gov.