Video Conference Information
Merced Superior Court is now able to hold Court hearings by video conference. Such service is only available by approval of the Court and with advance notice. When cases are set on calendar by video conference they must be specially set by the Judge hearing the matter. Hearings by video arraignment are available in courtrooms 7, 9, and 30.
Fees and Notice
As per Government Code section 70630 the clerk of the court shall charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of permitting parties to appear by video conferencing. The Merced Superior court fee for video conferencing is $200.00 per hour, with a one hour minimum. Merced Superior Court further requires a $100.00 non refundable deposit to be paid at least five (5) days prior to the court hearing. This deposit will be applied to the first hour of the video conference.
Contact Information/ Noticing Requirements
When calendaring a video conference hearing, the requesting party must notice all parties of the intent to appear by video conference. A request to appear by video conference must be made in writing and must be filed within the division the case is held at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing.
A $100.00 non refundable deposit must be paid to the Merced County Superior Court no later than five (5) days prior to the hearing. This deposit is payable to the division in which the case is being heard.
The Merced Superior Court Video Teleconferencing (VTC) equipment is capable of supporting audio and video over ITU-T H.320 (ISDN) at 384 kbps and ITU-T H.323 LAN connections. Currently the Court does not support audio or video conversion, multi-point connections or communications over the Internet. The IT Division requires a test be conducted at least two business days (2) before the scheduled hearing for validation of system configurations. A required informational form is to be completed and returned with the deposit so this test can be conducted.
How to Request Video Appearance
- Please read the Appear by Video Conference Standing Order
- Fill out the Notice to Appear by Video Conference & the Video Conference Information Technology Request Form
- Submit both forms to the court.
Merced Superior Court will not be responsible for any case that is removed from calendar or continued due to non compliance with the above procedures set herein. All deposits must be paid and any test runs must be conducted in order for the hearing to take place.