If you are unable to appear in Court, either as a party or witness, you may file an application to appear by way of Audio-Visual Link (AVL).
AVL means facilities (including closed-circuit television) that enable audio and visual communication between persons at different places.
- To appear by AVL, you will need to have access to a technology device such as a computer, laptop, or tablet. For overall quality, we recommend that you do not try to appear via your smart phone.
- Your device will need to have a working and clear camera. Video conferencing requires a camera to be enabled.
- You will need to connect your device to the Internet. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection or coverage on your device.
- Be in a quiet and private location to limit interference from background noise.
- For confidentiality purposes ensure you are alone or are only present with those who have been granted permission by the Court.
- The same Court etiquette applies as if you were present in the Courtroom.
- The usual standards of behaviour, respect, language, and dress will apply.
- Refrain from speaking over each other as much as practical to accommodate the reduced social cues available, and to assist the Court’s transcribing process
- Keep your device muted until your matter is called upon by the Court.
For more information on Court etiquette visit the Go to Court website.
- If granted permission, you will receive a link from the Court via email. This link will open up the AVL platform.
- The Magistrate or Judge will be able to see you and you will be able to see them as well as the legal representatives, where appropriate.
- It is a good idea to dial in about 5 minutes prior to your allocated court time. Once the Court commences sitting, vision of the Court room will become available to you.
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