A trial management conference has 2 goals:
1. to confirm how much time the trial will take, and
2. to give you and your partner one last chance to resolve your issues before going to trial.
Every conference is a chance for you to come closer to agreeing on your issues with your partner.
At the trial management conference the judge:
- tries to find a way for you to settle your case
- looks at your evidence
- talks about witnesses and evidence you plan to use in your trial
- reviews the trial process
- works with you to confirm how long your trial will take
You have to bring a list of the witnesses you plan to call at trial and what you expect them to say. If you plan on being a witness, you should put your name on the list.
You should only call witnesses who:
- have important information that will help the judge decide your case
- can support the orders that you want the judge to make
- have important information that goes against your partner's case
You also have to bring a list of the documents you plan to use at your trial. The documents you want as evidence must be originals and relevant to your case. Examples of documents include bank account records, report cards, and real estate documents.
At the end of your trial management conference, the judge will set a date for your trial.