A pretrial conference is used for trial preparation to:
1. Clarify issues.
2. Amend pleadings.
3. Identify witnesses and documents.
4. Discuss settlement or extrajudicial procedures (i.e., alternate dispute resolutions, special proceedings).
In most cases, a judge is required to issue a scheduling order within 120 days after the complaint is filed.
A pretrial conference may not be used to:
1. Serve as a substitute for trial.
2. Steal opponent’s trial preparation.