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PRETRIAL ORDER

    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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