CourtCall Telephonic Appearances
Judge Crawford permits the use of CourtCall or telephonic appearances only for non-evidentiary motions in civil cases. Court Call may not be used in lieu of an appearance at a pre-trial conference.
Beginning in November 2005, Judge Kirkendall joined a growing number of Judges in Texas and around the country using CourtCall, a new method of conducting telephonic appearances by counsel ("CourtCall Appearances").
In Judge Crawfords's courtroom, CourtCall appearances may generally be made for all non-evidentiary appearances including Status Conferences and Motions. CourtCall is providing equipment to enhance the process. It is the District Courts' hope that by making the process more uniform, your practice will become more productive and enjoyable so that the cost of litigation will be further reduced.
Counsel may make a CourtCall Appearance by serving and filing with CourtCall (not the Court), NOT LESS THAN FIVE (5) COURT DAYS PRIOR TO THE HEARING DATE, a Request for Telephonic Appearance Form and paying a fee of $55.00 for each CourtCall Appearance. There are no subscription fees.
A CourtCall Appearance is made as part of a Court's regular calendar and all counsel who have timely filed their request form and paid the fee may appear by dialing the Courtroom's dedicated toll free teleconference number, and access code (if any) which will be provided by CourtCall, LLC on the confirmation faxed to your office. A pre-hearing check-in will occur five minutes prior to the scheduled hearing time. A CourtCal1 Appearance is voluntary and may be made without consent of the other party, and the Court continues to reserve the right to reject any request. In matters where only one party elects to make a CourtCal1 Appearance, the matter will be heard on the Court's speakerphone provided by CourtCall.
You may obtain additional information by calling the CourtCall Program Administrator, CourtCall at (310) 342-0888 or (888)882-6878.