CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
If you are inquiring about court hearings done virtually online using Zoom, or some other video platform where participation is done remotely, the judge in the case will decide if they will conduct hearings remotely. You can find out answers to all of your questions about the virtual or remote hearings on the Court's Remote Hearings page [external website link]. The Court determines what virtual technology platform they will use, and the Court provides all support for their virtual hearings. If you require assistance with connecting to or using technology for a court virtual hearing, please read the instructions on how to use Zoom on the Court's Remote Hearings page [external website link] or to request help.
If you are inquiring about virtual participation in County Board of County Commissioners meetings and other County public meetings (such as the Land Use Board, Code Enforcement Board, Commission on Human Trafficking, Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Emergency Policy Group, Land Development Code, Charter Review Board, Historic Resources Review Board, Zoning, Local State of Emergency, Tourist Development Council and Value Adjustment Board), the County decides whether or not a meeting will be held remotely along with what virtual technology platform they will use, and the County provides support for their virtual hearings. Please sign up thru the County [external website link] to participate in any County meetings or hearings that are being done virtually.
The Zoom application is free for iOS and Android devices and may also be accessed via desktop Windows or macOS computer (with camera and microphone). You do not need an account nor pay to use this service. All parties and their legal counsel should plan to appear separately to maintain proper physical distancing.
Initial Zoom Hearing Waiting Room/Disconnections
The Zoom Hearing Docket will be configured to allow early entrants to be placed into a Zoom “Waiting Room” until the case is called. When entering the Zoom Waiting Room, each party MUST use the case number and full real name of the party testifying (for example, “20-CF-012345 John Smith"). Do not use nicknames or the device’s default name setting. The Court will begin calling cases at the scheduled time. However, wait times may be lengthy due to technological issues. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. If a Zoom Hearing participant becomes disconnected at any time, the party will need to reconnect/call back in.
All parties will be muted until their case is called. When your case is called, please un-mute, then state your full name.
Zoom Videoconferencing Tips
Please review the following tips in preparing for your videoconference hearing:
No Internet Connectivity – Join via Telephone
Dial (786) 635-1003