All telephonic appearances must be scheduled via the Court’s website (by clicking the link at the bottom of the page). You cannot register for a telephonic appearance over the phone.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.670(k)(1), the fee to appear by telephone is $94 for each appearance, unless waived by order of the Court.
A case with multiple hearings scheduled at the same time, on the same day, in the same department requires a single $94.00 appearance fee.
A case with multiple hearings scheduled at different times on the same day requires the $94.00 appearance fee for each scheduled hearing time.
The Court will accept American Express or Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards only. The Court will NOT accept cash, paper checks or echecks. If a party has a fee waiver for the case, the telephonic appearance fee is waived.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.670(k)(2): An additional late request fee of $30.00 is to be charged for an appearance by telephone if the request to the vendor or the Court providing telephone services is not made at least two days before the scheduled appearance, except:
- When an opposing party has provided timely notice under (h)(4) on an ex parte application or other hearing, conference or proceeding, no late fee is to be charged to that party;
- When the Court, on its own motion, sets a hearing or conference on shortened time, no late fee is to be charged to any party;
- When the matter has a tentative ruling posted within the two day period, no late fee is to be charged to any party; and
- When the request to appear by telephone is made by a party that received notice of another party's intent to appear and afterward decides also to appear by telephone under (h)(2), no late fee is to be charged to that party if its request is made to the vendor or the court providing the service by noon on the court day before the hearing or conference.
- The Court reserves the right to audit scheduled appearances made online. If the court finds that the party has made a late appearance per California Rules of Court, rule 3.670 and a false selection was made, the party will be charged the additional $30 and may be referred to collections.
Following receipt of the payment, you will receive an email confirming your telephonic appearance. The confirmation will contain the toll-free dial-in for the telephonic appearance, a conference ID and a PIN. If you do not receive confirmation within two hours, call (530) 621-5080 for assistance. You will also receive an email reminder the day prior to the hearing.
Call the number stated in your email confirmation at least five minutes before your scheduled hearing time. When prompted, dial the conference ID and PIN stated on your confirmation. The clerk will check you in, and you will then wait until your case is called.
If any other issues arise during your appearance, please call (530) 621-5080. If you join the call while court is already in session, the clerk will be aware that you have joined the call due to your unique PIN. Please do not interrupt ongoing proceedings.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.670(k)(3)), a fee of $5.00 will be charged if a party cancels a telephone appearance request and no telephone appearance is made. Failure to cancel and notify the Court will result in the forfeiture of the entire appearance fee.
For Hearings That Are Continued/Vacated on the Court’s Own Motion:
If the hearing is taken off calendar or continued by the Court, including pursuant to tentative ruling, it is not a cancellation under this rule and there is no charge for the telephone appearance. However, you must still cancel your appearance and request your refund. All cancellations must be completed online by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the day before the hearing to receive a refund. If your hearing date is continued without being heard, you MUST cancel the original appearance date and reschedule/complete a new transaction for the continued date. Payments WILL NOT transfer to another date or appearance. Full refunds including the $5.00 fee will only be issued for cases that were canceled or continued by the court without being heard (not for cases where a hearing occurred and resulted in a continuance).
For Hearings That a Party Cancels or Requests a Continuance on, That is Not Heard by the Court:
You must cancel your appearance date in order to receive a refund. A fee of $5.00 will be deducted from your refund, pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.670(l)(3). All cancellations must be completed online by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the day before the hearing to receive a refund. You MUST cancel the original appearance date to obtain a refund, and complete a new transaction for the continued date (order a new vCourt appearance for your new date). Payments WILL NOT transfer to another date or appearance, nor will your telephonic appearance be scheduled unless you sign up for the new date.
Full refunds including the $5.00 fee will only be issued for cases that were canceled or continued by the Court without being heard (not for cases where a hearing occurred and resulted in a continuance).
For Hearings Where You Appear by Phone on Your Scheduled Date, and the Matter is Continued to Another Date, or Dropped:
If your hearing results in a continuance (you appear by phone and receive a new date), you must complete a new transaction if you wish to appear telephonically on the continued (new) date.
Provided you have canceled your appearance by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the day before the hearing, a refund of $89.00 will be credited back to your account. If you feel you are also entitled to receive a refund of the $5.00 fee or a refund of any other fees, you must submit your request in writing to the Court at:
El Dorado Superior Court
ATTN: Telephonic Refunds
3321 Cameron Park Drive
Cameron Park CA 95682
Please include the case name and number, attorney name, address where refund should be sent, receipt number, original date of payment, amount of refund being requested and the reason for refund. Refund requests must be sent within 30 days of the original date of payment. Letters may include more than one case for which a refund is being requested. Any refunds resulting from a written request will be issued in the form of a check.