For most civil cases, the Court will refer the case for mediation shortly after it is assigned. If both parties participate in mediation and are unsuccessful, the Court will generally schedule the case for trial. If a party does not participate in mediation, a second attempt will occur. If unsuccessful, the Court will schedule the matter for trial.
All parties, with or without counsel, need to be present unless excused by the Court. If the Court approves the absence of either party, the attorney should make sure their client can be reached to facilitate any settlement offer. Counsel are required to confer before the hearing pursuant to Local Court Rule 6.01 and to make sincere effort to settle the case.
Motions & Briefs
Motions are to be submitted timely with a proposed entry and served on opposing parties. Motions may be ruled on without an oral hearing unless requested. All motions will be reviewed and decided in a timely manner with extensions granted for good cause.