Virtual Criminal Arraignment Calendar Sessions
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ, UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN YOUR INABILITY TO PARTICIPATE.
In response to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our region, the Incline Justice Court Courthouse is currently partially closed to the public. If you are scheduled for Arraignment for a Criminal Offense, the following applies to you. You may currently appear in person but for health and safety purposes, and for convenience sake, you may, and are encouraged to, instead appear virtually.
The following applies to people appearing VIRTUALLY
Defendants who are scheduled to appear for their Criminal Arraignment Hearings must make their appearance before the date/time provided on their release.
At Least 24 Hours Prior to Hearing
Each Defendant must notify the Court of their intention to appear no later than 24 hours prior to the arraignment by sending an email to the Court at . Included with the notice must be any documentation that the Defendant wishes the Court to consider. Likely documents will depend on the charges. The Court will not consider any documents not provided in this manner. In addition to the documentation, in the email you must provide the Court with the following:
Best Phone Number:
All participants must email a copy of their current driver's license or government issued picture identification along with the information above.
In addition, if the Defendant plans to enter a Not Guilty Plea, he or she must fill out and execute a Not Guilty Plea and Waiver Form (Click Here) and submit it to the Court along with the above described documentation at least 24 hours prior to the hearing (see above). The Waiver form must be actually signed. A typed "signature" will not be accepted. If in doubt as to whether the Defendant plans to enter a Not Guilty Plea, it is highly recommended that the Defendant submit a Waiver form. If the Defendant instead enters a Guilty or No Contest Plea at the hearing, the Waiver will be disregarded. If the Defendant has not submitted a Not Guilty Plea and Waiver Form, the Court will not be able to accept the Not Guilty Plea.
The Court uses ZOOM for the video hearing. All parties should load and test the appropriate Zoom app to their device well prior to the start of the hearing. YOUR DEVICE MUST HAVE A CAMERA AND MICROPHONE OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE. To test your device, please CLICK HERE. The link to the actual Virtual Court hearing session is at the bottom of this page.
The Virtual Criminal Arraignment Court Session will open thirty (30) minutes prior to the hearing time and Defendants may login at that time. The Calendar will be handled in order of the Court's receipt of the emailed notices to appear.
Defendants should be sure that the device they are using to access the Arraignment Hearing is fully charged or plugged in and that they are in an area of good reception with a quiet background.
Participants should click on the appropriate link at the bottom of this page to participate in the session. Participants (also known as "Defendants") are those people who have a citation pending before the Court and wish to enter a plea and address the Court regarding their matter. Observers are welcome to view the proceedings but only those people who have provided the notification discussed above will be able to address the Court. Observers are not allowed to participate and will only be able to view and hear the proceedings.
The Hearing will be recorded.
As the Defendants will be visible to the Court and each other, appropriate dress is required.
The Court will swear in all Defendants and talk about the session with all Defendants and then take the Defendants' matters one by one.
Defendants entering a Not Guilty Plea (see discussion above relating to completion of the Not Guilty Plea and Waiver Form) will then be given a date for his or her Pretrial Conference. A Pretrial Conference is a meeting between the Defendant, the Defendant's attorney (if any) and the Deputy District Attorney to see if the matter can be resolved. If the matter is not resolved at the Pretrial Conference, it will be set for Trial. Please contact the Court with any questions relating to Pretrial Conferences or Trials.
If a Defendant enters a Guilty or No Contest Plea, he or she will be found guilty and will likely be sentenced at the hearing.
After the Hearing
Immediately after the Defendant’s appearance before the Judge, he or she will be sent to the Court’s Clerk to receive additional information on payment of the fines, receipt of paperwork and final instructions.
Defendants who entered a Not Guilty Plea will need to appear at any Pretrial Conferences or Trials. These Defendants were given a day and time for the Pretrial Conference at the hearing and provided a document by the Court’s Clerk immediately after the hearing.
Defendants who entered a Guilty or No Contest Plea may have been sentenced by the Court. The Court’s Clerk will provide these Defendants with the Case Summary and any Orders from the Court.
If a fine or fee was imposed, the Defendant must pay by the end of the day of the hearing unless other arrangements were made with the Judge. In this instance, payment must be made by credit or debit card by clicking here or on our “Payments” link at the top of our webpage.
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Please click on the link below to attend the next hearing:
By clicking on the link below, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and will follow all the requirements described above and that you give your consent to participate in a recorded video hearing. You further acknowledge and understand that, if you have not completed all of the requirements described above, you may not be able to participate in the hearing and may be deemed to have failed to appear.
Incline Justice Court Criminal Arraignment Hearing Link – Every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.