Trial Management Conferences

Trial Management Conferences

My apologies for the delay in this post. I will try to update this blog more regularly going forward.

Prior to the trial there is a trial management conference. At the trial management conference, the judge sets out a number of things that are to be done in preparation for the trial. For example:

(a) preparing exhibit books;
(b) how opening statements will be delivered;
(c) whether it is possible for the parties to agree to specific facts or specific documents;
(d) etc.

So if you’ve gone through your trial management conference, hopefully you have an idea of all things you have to get done prior to starting the trial. For example, there are deadlines by which you serve expert reports if you intend to call an expert to give opinion evidence at trial. There are also deadlines by which you must give formal notice pursuant to the Evidence Act that you intend to introduce certain types of evidence.

In addition, one needs to be mindful that there are timelines by which you must serve your materials in relation to objections or preliminary issues for the trial.

Hopefully, that is all set out at the trial management conference. If it is not, you will just have to know how to do it on your own. Once you have gotten through all of that, it is time for the Applicant to give his or her opening statement.

Check back in for my next blog post.