What is a stipulated divorce pre trial conference?
The purpose of a pretrial conference is to help a judge understand what issues still need to be resolved at trial. In some cases, a judge will require divorcing couples to attend a final settlement conference before setting a case for trial.
What happens during a pretrial?
Several things may happen at a pretrial hearing. First, the judge may establish some basic rules regarding how the case is to proceed, as well as set a schedule for the trial and any other pretrial matters. The parties may attempt to settle the matter in a civil case, or work out a plea bargain in a criminal case.
Does defendant have to be present at pretrial?
Does a Defendant Have to Appear at the Pretrial Hearings? In felony cases the defendant must be present at all hearings. In most misdemeanor cases an attorney can appear for the accused. If the charges involve domestic violence the accused must be present for sentencing.
How many divorce cases go to trial?
Most divorce cases are settled out of court. About five percent of divorce cases do go to trial. The divorce proceedings may take anywhere from less than one year to a few years, depending on the location of the divorce.