A “status conference” is a term for a type of pre-trial conference between the judge and the lawyers in which the topic of discussion is (1) whether the judge needs to make a scheduling order for the case, or (2) whether the case is trial ready.  

It is a fairly important meeting because the judge will normally set up a scheduling order for the case.  A schedule order is a schedule that the lawyers must follow in the case.  It is essentially a list of deadlines.  For example, you must complete written discovery by April 1, 2013, and then complete depositions by June 1, 2013.  Then you must disclose experts by July 1, 2013. 

Normally, the lawyers will cooperate with each other in order to complete the tasks by the deadline.   If extensions are needed they are routinely granted.  

At the scheduling conference, called the “status conference,” the judge will ask the lawyers for their input on the schedule to be applied to the case.   In preparing for the status conference, the lawyer should review the case, to determine what needs to be done on the case.  Then the lawyer should be prepared to discuss reasonable achievable deadlines with the court in cooperation with the other lawyer so the Court can set appropriate orders for the case. 

If you or anyone you know has any questions about a personal injury case or a medical malpractice case in Connecticut contact the New London medical malpratice lawyers of The Bartinik Law Firm, PC, 100 Fort Hill, Groton, CT 06340.

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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