RULE 15 VIDEO CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS Authorization: Preliminary appearances as defined by CrRLJ 3.2.1 (d), arraignment as defined by CrR 3.4 and 4.1 and CrRLJ 3.4 and 4.1, bail hearings as defined by CrR3.2 and CrRLJ 3.2, and trial settings as defined by CrR 3.3 and CrRLJ 3.3 (f), and pre-trial hearings as determined by the court, conducted via video conferencing in which all participants can simultaneously see, hear, and speak with each other shall be deemed in open court and in the defendant's presence for the purposes of any statute, court rule or policy. All video conference hearing conducted pursuant to this rule shall be public, and the public shall be able to simultaneously see and hear all participants and speak as permitted by the court. Any party may request an in-person hearing which may, in the court's discretion, be granted. Agreement: Other trial court proceedings including the entry of a Statement of Defendant on Plea of Guilty as defined by CrR 4.2 and CrRLJ 4.2 may be conducted by video conference only by agreement of the parties. The defendant will be deemed to have agreed to voluntarily participate in court proceedings in the Everett Municipal Court by video conference unless the defendant or counsel for the defendant notifies the court at the time of the proceeding that he/she objects to the proceedings being conducted via conference. The right to object to video conference proceedings will be deemed waived if not exercised prior to the start of the video conference hearing. Standards for Video Conference Proceedings: The standards for video conference proceedings shall be as specified in CrRLJ 3.4(d)(3).
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