I'm plaintiff Pro per. My mandatory settlement conference is Dec 2. One of the four defendants already mailed me a copy of their statement. How many days in advance to the Mandator settlement conference do I need to submit my statement? Also, is it calendar days or court days?
Pursuant to California Rule of Court. 3.1380(c), you have to submit to the court and the other parties a settlement conference statement at least five court days before the conference. Remember that next week has two days that are NOT court days (Thanksgiving and the day after), so a statement is due tomorrow.
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The general rule is at least 5 court days before your conference. You might want to check with your department as some have different requirements. If you submit it a day or so late, there is not typically any penalty, although a court could sanction you some amount of money or refuse to consider your statement. But that would tend to defeat the purpose of the settlement conference. Try and submit your statement timely, but if you can't make sure you submit it as far before the hearing as possible.
5 court days. You had best get help and start reading the evidence code, civil procedure, and state and local rules of court. You will be facing many procedural deadlines now that you must comply with if you don't want to be bounced out of court on technicalities.
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