RULE 16. PRETRIAL AND SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES (b) Settlement Conference. A Judge may order a settlement conference in any civil case. The attorneys who will be in charge of each party's case shall attend personally and shall be prepared to discuss in detail and in good faith the issues of fact and law remaining, the evidence pertaining to liability and damages and the respective positions of the parties on settlement. The attorneys shall be accompanied by their clients or representatives possessing authority to settle unless excused by the judge. The proceedings of the settlement conference shall be privileged and not recorded. If a settlement is not reached the settlement judge shall not make any order or preside at that trial on the merits without consent of all parties. (c) Pretrial Conference. In all civil cases the court may order a pretrial conference on its own motion or that of any party. The order for a pretrial conference should specify the duties of the parties prior to the conference, whether attendance by the parties is mandatory, the information to be submitted prior to the conference, and items to be discussed at the conference.
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