ARFLP Rule 8. Telephonic Appearances and Testimony

A.  Oral Argument or Appearance on Any Motion or Other Proceeding. The court may, in its discretion, except as otherwise provided by A.R.S. § 25-1256(F), order or allow oral argument or appearance on any motion or other proceeding by speaker telephonic conference call, or regular telephonic conference call, provided the conversations of all parties and counsel are audible to each participant, the judge and, where applicable, the court reporter or electronic recording. The party requesting telephonic argument shall set up the conference call and, unless otherwise ordered by the court, pay for same.

B.  Party or Witness Testimony. Upon request of a party or witness, or on its own motion, and upon finding that no substantial prejudice will result to any party by allowing telephonic or video conference testimony, the court may allow a party or witness to give testimony at any evidentiary hearing or trial telephonically or by video conference if the court finds, as to a party: that the party is reasonably prevented from attending the hearing or trial, or that attendance in person at hearing or trial would be a burdensome expense to the party; and, as to a witness: (1) that the witness is reasonably prevented from attending the hearing or trial, (2) that the witness would be unduly inconvenienced by attending the hearing or trial, or (3) that attendance in person at hearing or trial would be a burdensome expense to the witness.

C.  Providing Documents for Telephonic or Video Conferences. Any documents a party wishes to introduce into evidence through a party or witness appearing telephonically or by video conference shall, where practicable, be provided in advance to the party or witness. Exact duplicates shall be provided to opposing counsel with an affirmation on the record by the party introducing same that they are true and correct copies of the documents provided to the party or witness who will be appearing telephonically or by video conference.

D.  Filing a Request for a Telephonic or Video Conference. Any party intending to have a party or witness give testimony at trial or evidentiary hearing telephonically or by video conference, shall file a request for same not later than thirty (30) days prior to the trial or evidentiary hearing unless the time to trial or evidentiary hearing is less than thirty (30) days, in which case the request shall be filed not later than five (5) days prior to time of trial or evidentiary hearing, unless the party is relieved of this time requirement by the court. Opposition to said request shall be made within five (5) days after service, following which the court may, in its discretion, rule upon said request with or without hearing. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the party requesting telephonic testimony shall arrange and pay for same.