After a personal injury lawsuit is filed, what happens at a Case Management Conference?
A Case Management Conference is a large part of the litigation process. It is a critical component of the court procedure that occurs before a trial even begins.
It is a meeting between the judge, plaintiff, defendant and their attorneys. Whether it’s the filing of a complaint, the discovery process, or pre-trial motions, each stage comes with a scheduled timeframe in which it must be completed.
The case management conference helps the court keep track of the case and see if the parties:
- Have settled any contentious issues
- Need to get more information from each other
- Want to participate in a settlement process
- Are ready for the court to schedule a trial date
The overall goal is to streamline the litigation process. The court wants to avoid unnecessary, burdensome, or duplicative discovery and other pretrial procedures in the course of preparing for trial.
The case management conference requires certain actions by each party, such as filing a case management statement by a specific deadline, meet and talk with the other party prior to the conference, and attend the conference.
Each party is not always required to attend the case management conference; however, if you are required to attend but fail to show up, or if you fail to file necessary conference-related paperwork, you may face fines and run the risk that the court will decide against you in the case.
Because the rules on case management conferences vary, it would be wise to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to find out what’s needed in your case.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck to answer any questions you may have, discuss your legal rights and options. We offer a free no obligation consultation, visit us online to schedule an appointment.