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Judge Simon: What happens at Judge Simon's final pretrial conferences?

The final pretrial conference, which occurs about one month before trial, is used to assign dates for the preparation of trial materials. Judge Simon also usually conducts a settlement conference afterwards. The separate trial management conference generally occurs several days before trial. The purpose of the trial management conference is to resolve any last minute issues, rule on pending motions, and answer any questions the parties have about trial procedures. This enables the proceedings to start promptly on the first day of trial.