Can a child participate in a court hearing via Zoom during the pandemic?
The answer is yes. Children can still participate in a court hearing via Zoom. This is happening all over New Jersey. A child or their caregivers will be emailed a Zoom link to log in and participate in the hearing by listening, asking questions, and even testifying. The child should always communicate with their Law Guardian prior to participating in the hearing.
If a child missed school to participate in a hearing, the court can write a letter so the absence is considered excused by the school and not counted against the child.
If a child is not comfortable participating in a court hearing but would like to speak more directly to the judge, the Law Guardian can request a child interview. A child interview is a meeting between the child and the judge. All counsel and parties would be permitted to listen in on the interview and the child interview becomes part of the record.