I have been scheduled for a pre-trial conference. What is that?

As you have seen, the Court does everything it can to try to help you come to an agreement about the terms of your Court Order. But sometimes that just isn't possible. If the Court thinks that you have exhausted all other possible solutions, the Magistrate will schedule a "pre-trial conference." Perhaps something will happen during the conference to help you decide your final difficult issues. Failing that, at the conference the Court will issue a "pre-trial order" which includes:

  • The date and time of your final hearing
  • Whether a Judge or a Magistrate will hear your case
  • Your deadline for telling the other party what witnesses and documents you will be using at the hearing (if any)
  • A list of the unresolved issues that need to be decided at the hearing