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At Status Conference is an informal meeting with the parties and the judge for the judge to determine what issues still need to be heard by the court and for the judge to determine if there is any possibility of the matter settling without the judge ruling on the case.
Each separate judge holds their status conferences a bit differently based on their preference. Some will want a brief submitted before the conference and others will not, so it is up to the judge and you need to contact your specific judge's clerk to see what their judge wants for the status conference. Some judges will even send the parties out to see if they can negotiate a resolution.
The judge is going to ask about the issues in the case and you are going to have to explain them so you have to be prepared to defend the issues in your case to the judge and why your case should proceed. He might also ask about the brief facts of your case and nature of the defamation so be prepared to give him the condensed version but hitting all of the important parts of how it harmed you.
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