(A)             Location

The court will provide notice of the place and time for all hearings held by video conference.

(B)             Requests for Video Conferences

Interested parties in any case or proceeding may, upon reasonable advanced notice, generally not less than 48 hours, file a motion requesting that a hearing be held by video conference. The moving party shall first contact the other interested parties and advise the court whether all parties agree to a hearing by video conference. The court will consider potential savings in travel time and expenses in determining whether a hearing by video conference is appropriate.

(C)            Evidence Offered at Video Conferences

Parties may offer testimony and/or exhibits at any video conference scheduled by the court. Counsel shall mail, facsimile or email copies of the exhibits to the clerk of court and all parties in sufficient time for them to arrive at least one business day prior to the hearing. Guidance on submitting exhibits by facsimile or email is prescribed by the clerk of court.

(D)            Decorum

Rule 1.6, D.N.D. Gen. L.R., applies to all video conference proceedings. Parties appearing by video conference shall enter the video conference room quietly. Upon entering the video conference room, parties shall sit in chairs located around the perimeter of the room and wait silently until their case is called by the court. When called, parties shall be seated in a location where they are able to view the video screen and be seen by the court.