Do I have to attend settlement conference?

Do I have to attend settlement conference?

Trial counsel, parties, and persons with full authority to settle the case must personally attend the conference, unless excused by the court for good cause. If any consent to settle is required for any reason, the party with that consensual authority must be personally present at the conference.

What is the purpose of settlement conference?

The main purpose of a Settlement Conference is to encourage the parties to a lawsuit to settle the lawsuit and avoid the time, anxiety and cost of a trial. But a Settlement Conference may also be used for other purposes.

Can you bring a motion after a settlement conference?

At the end of your settlement conference, the judge returns your settlement conference brief to you. It doesn't remain in your court file once the conference is over. This is because the discussions at a settlement conference are private and can't be shared with another judge or used as evidence in a motion or trial.

What happens after a mandatory settlement conference?

If a settlement is reached, the settlement documents are prepared, signed by all parties, and thereafter submitted to a judge for approval. The judge will then review the settlement to determine whether it is fair and reasonable. If so, the judge will then issue an Award and/or Order approving the settlement.

What is a case settlement?

"Settling a case" means ending a dispute before the end of a trial. ... Initial papers are filed with the court months before trial can begin. All of this time gives the parties room to undertake settlement negotiations.

Are mandatory settlement conferences confidential?

Mandatory settlement conferences (MSC) do not have the confidentiality requirement that mediations do, so the record of the conference and the settlement will be public record.