- pretrial procedure
- Provision made by statute or rule of court for a conference between court and counsel to consider simplification of the issues, the necessity or desirability of amendment of the pleadings, the possibility of obtaining admissions to avoid unnecessary proof, limitation on the number of expert witnesses, a preliminary reference, and such other matters as may aid in the disposition of the action. 53 Am J1st Trial § 11. An informal proceeding before an administrative agency for the submission and consideration of facts, arguments, offers of settlement, and proposals of adjustment. 5 USC § 1004 (d). See deposition; discovery.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.
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