Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Discovery and Pretrial Conference, Cont'd.

Within 30 days after service of the answer by the defendant, the parties’ attorneys must meet and confer to discuss the scope of their impending discovery. At this time the attorneys will provide initial disclosures and all documents reasonably available to a party used in support of the allegations or denials made in the pleadings of each party. The attorneys also propose a plan and schedule of discovery ensuring that each one makes a reasonable effort to provide all discovery requested. In essence, the Early Case Conference is done to expedite the process of litigation by agreeing on the limit and scope of discovery. Following the Early Case Conference, within 30 days, the parties must file a Joint Case Conference Report with the Discovery Commissioner who is situated at the Regional Justice Center.

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