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Judge Leichty: Status Conference and Trial Date

The court will schedule a trial during a status conference between the parties conducted approximately 30 days before the close of discovery. The court must schedule several trials each week, with criminal trials taking precedence over civil trials pursuant to the Speedy Trial Act. The court strives to work with counsel to avoid wasted trial preparation and ordinarily reaches every case on the date scheduled for trial. Counsel who seek greater certainty should consider consenting to trial before the magistrate judge.