The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado has posted requirements to be observed when participating in hearings via telephone. The Court warns that appearing telephonically is a privilege that will be revoked if the Court cannot obtain an accurate record. In order to make proper electronic recordings of its proceedings when parties appear telephonically, the Court requires the following from participants:
- eliminate all excessive noise (including, but not limited to: typing, background conversations, barking dogs, traffic, wind, music, etc.);
- do not use cellular phones as they are more susceptible to background noise and have issues with clarity; use a land line if at all possible; and
- do not use speakerphones as they cause incredible and annoying feedback in the courtroom.
Participants who have excessive background noise, lack clarity, or who are causing feedback into the courtroom risk being disconnected and excluded from the hearing.