LR 40. TRIAL SETTING AND PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURES (a) Trial Setting. Any party may request a trial setting by use of the Request for Trial Setting form (Appendix A forms A-8 and A-9) which can be obtained from the Court's website or Judicial Assistant. The form must be served on all opposing counsel or Pro Se parties and delivered to: Office of the Judicial Assistant, PO Box 112, Okanogan, WA 98840 (509-422-7130). Opposing counsel and any Pro Se party shall prepare, serve and file any response to the request within fourteen (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 Judicial Assistant sets trial dates based upon the information provided in the Request for Trial Setting and Response. Because of scheduling difficulties, the Judicial Assistant may 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 with second and third settings are required to maintain awareness of the status of their trial setting by contacting the Judicial Assistant who will endeavor to provide current information on the status of cases set with higher priority. (c) Trial Confirmation. All counsel and Pro Se parties shall confirm by contacting the Judicial Assistant that the scheduled trial is ready to proceed. Confirmation should be made no later than noon (12:00pm) two (2) judicial days prior to the scheduled trial date. Failure to confirm may result in trial being stricken. (d) Scheduling. Scheduling letters may be issued by the Judicial Assistant. However, they may not address issues such as discovery cutoff, disclosure of experts and any other scheduling issues except trial dates and pre-trial conference dates. The court may issue scheduling orders as appropriate for a case. Amended Effective September 1, 2013
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