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PRETRIAL ORDER

Law Dictionary
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Law Dictionary

Featuring Black's Law Dictionary 2nd Ed.
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A. Purposes

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).

B. Scheduling

In most cases, a judge is required to issue a scheduling order within 120 days after the complaint is filed.

C. Limits

A pretrial conference may not be used to:

1. Serve as a substitute for trial.

2. Steal opponent’s trial preparation.

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