When a case has been referred for all pretrial proceedings or for all discovery, the court may hold a status, scheduling, or discovery conference as required. If counsel believes that such a conference would be productive, counsel may request such a conference by calling the case manager. This conference may be in person or by telephone.
The court views facilitation as a valuable part of the litigation process and encourages counsel to consider voluntary settlement conferences when and where appropriate. The court is willing to serve as a facilitator upon the parties’ request and/or order of reference. Facilitated settlement conferences are usually set for Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning at 1:30 P.M. and the court will devote the entire day for the conference. Counsel are advised that their schedules and those of their clients are to be cleared for the entire day. Trial counsel and all persons with ultimate and final settlement authority must be present. The court sends a Notice with information regarding attendance and other matters, including a confidential, brief settlement summary.
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