Trial Setting Process
How It Works
It is the responsibility of all counsel (including self-represented parties) in the action to confer and agree upon at least three trial dates and three settlement conference dates prior to submitting dates. Litigants will utilize the on-line submission form, available below, for this process. Court staff will review submitted dates and respond via e-mail with confirmation. If parties are unable to reach an agreement on or before the 60th day from the referral date, court staff will set the dates for trial and mandatory settlement conference and notice all parties.
When selecting your trial and settlement conference dates, please note the following:
- Trials are calendared for Mondays and Tuesdays only at 8:30 a.m. in Department 47.
- Settlement Conferences are calendared Monday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Department 59, approximately 30 court days prior to the trial date.
What Dates Are Available
When selecting dates for the Trial and Settlement Conference, you may choose the first available date or any future date. The Settlement Conference date must be approximately 30 court days prior to the requested trial date. Settlement conference dates that fall outside of this range will be grayed out and not selectable.
Plaintiff's Notice Requirement
It is the responsibility of the plaintiff's counsel to give notice of trial and settlement conference dates, times and departments. Only dates set by the court will be noticed by the court.
Trial Date and Mandatory Settlement Conference Date Submission Form
Motions to Continue/Extend
Motions to extend time to select Trial and Mandatory Settlement Conference dates through the Trial Setting Process must be made to the appropriate CMP department prior to the 60th day from the original referral to Trial Setting Process.
Motions to continue Trial and/or Settlement Conference dates must be made to the Presiding Judge prior to the selected dates.
If you wish to have a Settlement Conference date more than 30 days prior to the trial date, you must apply to the Supervising Settlement Judge for a special conference date.