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Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 16(a). Pre-trial Conferences, Objectives.

In any action, the court may in its discretion direct the attorneys for the parties and any unrepresented parties to appear before it for a conference or conference before trial for such purposes as: 


(1)  expediting the disposition of the action; 


(2)  establishing early and continuing control so that the case will not be protracted because of lack of management; 


(3)  discouraging wasteful pre-trial activities; 


(4)  improving the quality of the trial through more thorough preparation; 


(5)  facilitating the settlement of the case; and 


(6)  recommending and encouraging that the parties use some form of alternative dispute resolution and, in appropriate cases, ordering the parties to engage in mediation or a court conducted settlement conference. 


(Adopted March 28, 1986, effective July 1, 1986; amended April 19, 1995, effective July 1, 1995.)

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