(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 advance notice, (generally not less than 48 hours), file a motion requesting that a hearing be held by video conference or requesting to appear by video conference at a scheduled hearing. The court will consider potential savings in travel time and expenses in determining whether a hearing by video conference is appropriate. If the court grants the motion, counsel must make arrangements with the court to secure video conference service and to test the video conference service in advance of the hearing from the remote site. Arrangements and testing should occur generally not less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing, 72 hours preferred.

(C)           Evidence Offered at Video Conferences

Parties may offer testimony and/or exhibits at any video conference. Counsel must either file the exhibits or 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 should enter the video conference room quietly, sit in chairs located around the perimeter of the room and wait silently until the court calls their case. When called, parties should sit in a location where they can view the video screen and the court can see the parties and their attorneys.