Author: Lailna Dhaliwal LLP |

[Please be advised that the information provided is not to be constituted as legal advice]

After the parties have completed a case conference, the next step is usually a settlement conference. The purpose of a settlement conference is the following:

  • exploring the chances of settling the case
  • settling or narrowing the issues in dispute
  • ensuring disclosure of the relevant evidence
  • settling or narrowing any issues relating to any expert evidence or reports on which the parties intend to rely at trial
  • noting admissions that may simplify the case
  • if possible, obtaining a view of how the court might decide the case
  • considering any other matter that may help in a quick and just conclusion of the case
  • if the case is not settled, identifying the witnesses and other evidence to be presented at trial, estimating the time needed for trial and scheduling the case for trial; and
  • organizing a trial management conference or holding one if appropriate