Here’s what you will need and what to expect before, during and after your proceeding, which will be held using the Virtual Justice platform.

What You Will Need

Computer with audio/video (camera) capabilities

Desktop, laptop or tablet. PC/Windows or Mac/macOS. We recommend using headphones for high quality audio. Smart phones (Apple/iOS or Android) are an option but have limited capabilities for viewing other participants.

Internet access

Wireless (WiFi) or wired. 5 MBPS (megabits per second) or higher recommended. You can test your internet speed at

The user guide, with directions on how to get the Microsoft Teams app

Before Proceedings

Ensure that your client and other participants are prepared.

Remind them that although the hearing will be conducted remotely, it remains a court hearing, and traditional court decorum, procedures and order apply. So dress appropriately, speak clearly, follow instructions, and address the judge as Your Honor or Judge.

Understand that the court can mute but not unmute participants. It can also remove them from the hearing if necessary.

Make sure they can access the virtual platform. See instructions for represented parties and witnesses.

Submit evidence

Contact your court administrator in advance to submit evidence. You can share documents during the proceeding using the Share Screen feature.

Stage your background or use your own images for backgrounds

Consider staging a background to reflect your office or using your own images for backgrounds. Here’s how to use your own images:

  1. Within a video call, select the More actions button (three dots).
  2. Select Show background.
  3. Select Add new
  4. Select the image you’d like to use as a background.
  5. Select Open.

Tip: Take a few pictures of your office background at different distances. Send them to your email and download them to your Pictures folder or another folder on your computer. Select the one that looks best.

Secure a quiet, private room.

  • Check your lighting. Avoid very bright or dark rooms, or bright light behind you.
  • Dress in a soft solid color and sit in front of a solid neutral background, if possible.
  • Position the camera so that it is at or slightly above eye level.
  • Make sure your device is charged or plugged in to an electrical outlet.

Log in and test your connection 30 minutes before your hearing’s start time.

Wait to be called/invited and click “Join.”

During Proceedings

Follow traditional procedures and order

Each participant will have access to selected locations or “channels” in the courtroom based on their role. These include a waiting area, chambers, bench conference and meeting rooms.

Although the hearing will be conducted remotely, it remains a court hearing, so expect participants to dress appropriately, speak clearly, follow instructions, and address the judge as Your Honor or Judge.


Proceedings may be recorded by the Court. They may not be recorded by other participants, pursuant to local laws.

The Virtual Justice platform is provided by For The Record, the leader in court recording and transcription services worldwide. Learn more about For The Record.

After Proceedings

Participants may continue to collaborate using the Virtual Justice platform  for up to two hours following each proceeding.

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Participants User Guide with step-by-step instructions

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One-Link process for participants to join

Adjusting your a/v settings

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Glossary of Terms

See brief descriptions of common terms that may be used in your Virtual Hearing.

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About Virtual Justice by For The Record

Virtual Justice combines the security of Microsoft Teams with the proprietary recording platform of For The Record, the leading provider of court recording solutions worldwide. It allows you to participate in remote proceedings and order complete records with the confidence, speed and security you need to achieve justice.

Virtual Justice also offers advantages in terms of convenience, time and cost. It’s easy to access and use, follows traditional courtroom protocols so that the experience feels familiar, and reduces transportation and accommodation expenses for participants.