Usually this is the hearing where the judge will see that the parties are ready to proceed to trial, and if so he will set a trial date. You can usually ask for a continuance if you are not done with discovery or have not yet been to mediation. Every county is different as to the speed at which they proceed to trial.
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A trial setting conference is a court hearing aimed to determined whether or not the parties are ready to proceed to trial. If so, the court will set the date for trial. If not, the court will continue the trial setting conference (usually for a few months). If the parties need to complete additional discovery or plan to bring certain types of motions, then this may be grounds to continue the trial setting conference, but it all depends on the judge and the specific facts of each case. Hope this helps.
The Judge and the lawyers have a conference where they determine what the testimony will be and how long it will take. They try and estimate the list of witnesses and exhibits. They finalize discovery and set a trial date. It is basically a conference to determine when the case will go to trial and how long it will take. they will also talk about settling the case.
All the previous answers are correct. Depending on the Judge, a trial setting conference is where the Judge set a mandatory settlement conference, final status conference and/or trial. Some judges may set only a trial date.
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