WHAT IS A PRE-TRIAL?
If the parties do not settle at the mandatory mediation (or at any other prior point), then the parties will request a trial and Pre-Trial date. A Pre-Trial is a very important step in a personal injury lawsuit and the last major event before the actual trial of the matter. At a Pre-Trial, a judge (or master) will review the most relevant material, highlight the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the case and, typically, will provide a specific recommendation for settlement. Many matters will settle at the Pre-Trial with the assistance of the judge. If the matter does not settle, then at least the parties have heard how a judge views the case and, therefore, hopefully have a better idea of what might happen at the trial of the action.