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Thanks for your question. This is really the last phase where the case is either resolved or set for final hearing.
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the attorneys may choose to submit the issues in controversy to the Judge during a pretrial conference. Pretrial conferences are conducted in the Judge's chambers.
Both attorneys will present their respective positions to the Judge and the Judge makes recommendations for settlement, indicating how they would rule on certain issues if presented at trial. Generally the parties can attend unless the court instructs otherwise.
The Judge's pretrial recommendations are not binding on the parties but they are very important because they indicate how the Judge believes the case should be settled.
Pretrial conference is often the best motivation for reaching a final settlement of your case without preparing for a full trial. This is an opportunity for the court to sort of indicate how he ses the matters in a non binding sort of way to alllow one last chance for resolution..
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