The 3d District has amended its oral argument procedures. The court in recent times operated under a rule that anyone wishing to appear remotely for oral argument had to apply in writing to demonstrate exceptional good cause. With recent technology upgrades, the court now has the capability to conduct oral argument in the courtroom through video-conferencing or a combination of in person and video appearance. As a result, the court has decided to eliminate the requirement that litigants must apply to appear remotely (and demonstrate good cause to appear remotely). The court has updated its oral argument waiver letter and information on the webpage. Anyone requesting oral argument will now have to let the court know whether they will appear in person or remotely on video. The updated website now reads:

Procedures and Etiquette for Remote Appearances
While the court prefers oral argument be conducted in person, with recent technology updates the court now has the capability to conduct oral argument in the courtroom through video conferencing or a combination of in person and video appearances. With limited exception, the court will no longer hold oral argument by telephone. Request for telephonic oral argument will be treated as a request for remote appearance by video conference. A remote hearing is a court proceeding, and it is the expectation that all those appearing before the court dress in professionally appropriate attire. Additionally, participants are advised to be conscious of their background and are further encouraged to have an appropriate background or to use an appropriate virtual background. Instructions for remote appearances may be viewed here