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Local Remote Hearings

Image of remote meeting on a computerGeneral Information

Some hearings are held with one or more parties not physically present in the courtroom.  If the remote hearing is eligible for public viewing, it will be live-streamed through Webex Events (the software Oregon’s state courts use for this purpose). When available, live streaming allows the public to join and view and/or listen to these hearings from a computer, mobile device (such as a smartphone or tablet), or phone (subject to some limitations). Many remote hearings may also be available to view at a court facility. Contact the court with any questions on how to access a remote hearing.

Umatilla & Morrow Counties do not normally live-stream hearings by video, but remote appearance by Webex phone conference is standard for public hearings. Each courtroom has a regular WebEx code; however, certain case and hearing types may have unique codes provided only to parties and any witnesses allowed to appear by phone.

If you are a defendant or party to a case, the Litigant Guide provides more information. There are also guides for the general public, witnesses, and attorneys

NOTE: When joining a hearing remotely, please MUTE your microphone. When the judge calls your name and case numbers, unmute and tell the judge you are appearing by telephone.

 Receiving Notice of a Remote Hearing

When you are scheduled for a remote hearing, you will receive the link or phone number and passcode to join that hearing through a hearing notice and/or an email from the court or WebEx. 

If your hearing notice does not include this information, confirm with your attorney ahead of time (or contact the court if you do not have an attorney) to see if you must appear in person.
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Please see the OJD Responses to Coronavirus page for a listing of applicable Chief Justice Orders and the Active Umatilla/Morrow County Presiding Judge Orders for local orders.

 Information for Case Participants

Case participants are persons (litigants or defendants) who are parties in a case with pending matters to be resolved. When a case is scheduled for a remote hearing, some or all the participants, including attorneys and witnesses, may be required to appear via remote means. The court uses Webex to host these remote hearings and will provide case participants with the link to join the hearing. See our Litigant Guide for more information on preparing for and accessing your scheduled remote hearing.

Remote Hearing Contacts and Information

For any questions regarding your remote hearing, please contact the court:

Umatilla County: 541-278-0341  6th.District@ojd.state.or.us
 Morrow County: 541-676-5264  CourtroomHeppner@ojd.state.or.us
 
NOTE: If you don't reach a live person or get a response quickly, please call again during business hours.
    

View current judicial orders related to remote hearings on our Local Court Rules page - Presiding Judge Orders.

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