Remote Hearings Information and Instructions
Local Resources and Procedures to Assist Litigants During COVID-19 Restrictions:
Columbia County Circuit Court has resources available to help court parties attend hearings remotely and is encouraging remote attendance whenever possible. Please review the information below to learn how to attend a hearing remotely.
Guidelines for Appearing by Phone or Video
Cisco Webex - Telephonic/Video Conferencing
Webex Events allows for the parties, their attorneys, and the Judge to engage interactively through video or audio conference technology. Columbia County Circuit Court is utilizing Cisco Webex for most remote hearings. If your court matter has been set for a remote hearing, via telephone or video conference, you will be notified of the remote hearing at least one (1) business day before your matter is set before the court.
The guides below are for individuals set to appear on a case that will be held remotely. If you are participating in a Remote Hearing in Columbia County, please review one of the following applicable guides prior to the hearing.
Remote Hearings Attorney Guide
Remote Hearings Litigant Guide
Remote Hearings Public Access Guide
Remote Hearings Witness Guide
Parties appearing in Court may file the Remote Access Contact Sheet below. The Contact Sheet must be efiled or received by 4:00 pm, two (2) business days prior to your hearing. This document may be efiled as a confidential document using the code (ADCH) or turned in at the Trial Court Administrator’s front counter or drop-box.
Remote Access Contact Sheet
Submitting Exhibits for Remote Hearings
Parties may submit exhibits for their court matter remotely. This may be done using the File and Serve e-filing system or delivered to the court in person. Exhibits must be received at the court by 4:00 PM, two (2) court days prior to the hearing. The form below provides a template for the required coversheet for exhibit submission as well as instructions on submitting exhibits remotely.
If you plan to appear in person and the opposing counsel or party is to appear by remote means, it is expected you provide your exhibits, exhibit list cover sheet and witness list to the opposing counsel or party 48 hours in advance of your hearing. Impeachment evidence, used at the time of witness testimony, (e.g. Oregon Rules of Evidence 609-1 and 612), will be resolved on a case by case basis.
Remote Exhibits and Witnesses Instructions and Cover Sheet
Please refer to the Columbia County Presiding Judge Orders for detailed information surrounding revised policies, procedures, and court operation information during COVID-19 restrictions.
Presiding Judge Orders