Appear by Telephone
In order to participate in a hearing by telephone, prior permission of the Court must be obtained through a motion to appear by telephone. The filer must follow the directions that apply to all family and civil motions to postpone or appear by telephone.
If the Court grants the motion to appear by telephone, the person permitted to appear by telephone will participate via CourtCall. The individual will follow the instructions in the Order to set up the appearance and pay a fee to appear via CourtCall.
- Motions to appear by telephone shall be filed as soon as the need arises. Delays in filing may result in the Court being unable to consider the motion. Please note that even if the other party/counsel agrees to the request to appear by telephone, a motion received by the Postponement Coordinator less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to a hearing may not be considered by the Court.
- Motions filed less than nineteen (19) days before the hearing must be accompanied by the consent of all counsel/unrepresented parties.
- It is preferred if the individual(s) filing the motion include e-mail address(es), if available. In addition to mailing a copy of the Order, the Court may also send notice of the outcome of the motion via email.
- If the hearing is less than nineteen (19) days from the date of filing of the motion to appear by telephone, the motion and case file must be "walked through" (delivered to) to the Postponement Coordinator.
- In addition to filing the motion with the Court, copies of the motion must be served on all counsel/unrepresented parties.
- Self-Represented Party -- In order for a self-represented party to walk through a motion, the party must appear at the Civil Clerk's Office (room 100) and file the motion. When the party files the motion, he/she must tell the clerk that the hearing is less than nineteen (19) days away and that the motion and file need to be forwarded to the Postponement Coordinator.
- Attorney -- To "walk through" a motion, an attorney must first file the motion with the Civil Clerk's Office (room 100) and obtain the case file. The motion and case file shall then taken by the attorney to the Postponement Coordinator.
- For hearings where all counsel and unrepresented parties consent for a person to appear by telephone, the motion should be titled "Consent Motion to Appear by Telephone" or similar. If the motion is joint (meaning that all parties are requesting a postponement or for someone to appear by telephone), the motion should be entitled "Joint Motion to Appear by Telephone," as applicable, and should include the signatures of all counsel and unrepresented parties. Failure to entitle the motion "Consent" or "Joint" may result in a delay in ruling on the motion.
- Additionally, persons filing joint/consent motions must follow the instruction in the "When to File" and "How to File" sections under "All Motions to Postpone or Appear by Telephone.
Contested Motions and Motions for which Consent of All Other Counsel/Unrepresented Parties is not Obtained
- Follow the instructions under "When to File" and "How to File."
Telephonic Appearances for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County offers telephonic appearances via CourtCall. Please be aware that the use of CourtCall must be approved by the Court in advance and will cost the participating attorney/party $50 per appearance. CourtCall does not charge those litigants who are indigent and have secured a waiver of costs.
All Hearings require Court approval in order for any party or attorney to participate by telephone.
If you have additional questions regarding telephonic appearances, please contact the Court's Postponement Coordinator at 410-222-1285.
Below are a series of Questions and Answers which we hope will help guide you through this process.
Q. How can I schedule a CourtCall Appearance?
A. Once your telephonic appearance has been approved by the Court, call CourtCall at (888) 882-6878 to make arrangements
Q. What is the minimum amount of time for scheduling a CourtCall Appearance?
A. Specific deadlines vary but the general rule of thumb is at least five (Court/business) days. CourtCall may charge an additional fee if less than 5 days.
Q. How far in advance can I schedule a CourtCall Appearance?
A. If a party needs to appear by telephone, the party should submit a request it as soon as the need arises and the hearing date is set.
Q. How much does the service cost?
A. For the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, the fee is $50 per telephonic appearance.
Q. What methods of payment does CourtCall accept?
A. CourtCall accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express.
Q. How do I set up an account?
A. CourtCall offers a pre-paid Debit Account for customers who wish to receive a monthly statement.
Q. Will there be a separate fee for my client?
A. There is a separate fee for each individual party appearing by telephone.
Q. The Court is ordering my appearance by telephone, why should I have to pay for your services?
A. CourtCall/CourtConference provides equipment, scheduling and other services to facilitate telephonic appearances for attorneys and Judges. This enables the Court to allow you the opportunity to appear telephonically.
Q. I work for the State/Federal Government. Government agencies do not have to pay for your services.
A. As a private company, CourtCall fees apply to all participants, even government agencies.
Q. Why is the fee so much? It is only a telephone call.
A. It is not just a phone call, it is a Court Appearance and CourtCall provides high quality equipment, scheduling and other services to the Court. Without the option of CourtCall it is unlikely that you would be able to enjoy the time and money saving benefits of not traveling to Court.
Q. Do I need consent from the Court to appear by phone?
A. Yes. At the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, you must get approval from the Court prior to setting up a CourtCall Appearance.
Q. My client is going to be with me when I make the call, what should I do?
A. Since CourtCall does not allow the use of a speakerphone, you should schedule a separate appearance for your client so that they can participate in the conference.
Q. Can I make the call using my cell phone?
A. CourtCall prohibits the use of cell phones on the basis that they can be disruptive to the Court. CourtCalls should be made from a land-line, with the handset engaged.
Q. Will I get heard first if I am appearing by phone?
A. Typically, the Court will take the cases in whatever order they would normally, whether there are telephonic appearances or not. There is no preferential treatment for people making CourtCall Appearances.
Q. Why do I have to use CourtCall, can't I just call the Court directly?
A. CourtCall provides equipment and scheduling services to the Court to allow improved teleconferencing on all calls.
Q. What if I have a fee waiver for Court Costs - does that pertain to the CourtCall Cost?
A. Yes. If you have a fee waiver for Court Costs, inform CourtCall and your telephonic appearance fee will likewise be waived.