pretrial conference
pretrial conference n: a proceeding attended by the parties to an action and a judge or magistrate and held at a party's request or on the judge's initiative for the purpose of focusing the issues, making discovery, entering into stipulations, obtaining rulings, and dealing with any matters that may facilitate fair and efficient disposition of the case including settlement

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

pretrial conference
n.
A conference held by the court between the beginning of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution and the commencement of trial in which the attorneys for both sides define issues, discuss discovery, take other steps to make the trial run smoothly, and possibly settle the dispute.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


pretrial conference
A meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of actual courtroom proceedings.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


pretrial conference
I
A meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of actual courtroom proceedings.
II Conference among the opposing attorneys and the judge called at the discretion of the court to narrow the issues to be tried and to make a final effort to settle the case without a trial.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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