Q: I finally got a court date for a small claims case. Would I be able to request to appear virtually? I'm the plaintiff.
A: You can certainly request it, but to find out whether the judge would consider it, call the judge's judicial assistant and ask him/her. You might be required to file a motion to make that request and to set your motion for a telephonic hearing. Or you might be told, "no, you filed suit here; you appear here." Or you might get lucky and be told that everyone can or must appear virtually due to Covid.
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