In MA, can you appear at a motion in Superior Court via phone or conference/Skype if you are unable to attend in person?
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I have a case in Superior Court right now in which the court invited the opposing party to appear at the hearing on her motion to dismiss by video-conferencing (or to submit on the papers, with no appearance), because she lives out of the country.
It is completely up to the judge. Follow Atty. Sachs' advise.
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It is possible depending on the circumstances surrounding the motion. Please consult with your attorney.
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It's possible. You should ask the attorney on the other side if he/she will agree to it and then ask the judge, by way of a motion giving a good reason why you cannot appear in person.
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