LR 7. TRIAL SETTING AND PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURES (a) Trial Setting. Any party may request a trial setting by use of the Request For Trial Setting And Initial Statement of Arbitrability form that is attached to the Okanogan County Superior Court Local Rules for Mandatory Arbitration and can be obtained from the court administrator. The form must be served on all opposing counsel or parties and filed with: Office of the Court Administrator, PO Box 112, Okanogan, WA 98840 (509-422-7130). Opposing counsel and any pro se party shall prepare, serve and file an additional request within 14 days. All counsel and pro se parties must provide unavailable dates on the form or by separate attachment. The listing of a date as unavailable is a request not to have trial set on that date. Such requests must be reasonable and should not result in unnecessary inconvenience or undue delay. (b) Multiple Settings and Priorities. The administrator sets trial dates based upon the information provided in the Request for Trial Setting and Initial Statement of Arbitrability. Because of scheduling difficulties in a single judge county, the administrator will give cases multiple settings with some of those being second or third place settings. Counsel and parties should be prepared for trial regardless of the priority of a specific setting. Second and third set cases are often called for trial. Counsel and parties are required to maintain awareness of the status of their trial setting by contacting the administrator who will endeavor to provide current information on the status of cases set with higher priority. (c) Scheduling Orders. Scheduling orders issued by the court administrator do not address issues such as discovery cutoff, disclosure of experts and any other scheduling issues except trial dates and pre-trial conference dates. (d) Pre-Trial Conference. Pre-trial conferences are required in all cases except family law cases. Participation in the pre-trial conference is mandatory. Procedures and requirements for the pre-trial conference shall be set by separate court order in each case. Such conferences may be telephonic by prior arrangement with the court administrator.
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