All Civil and Criminal case hearings and trials are set through a centralized Calendaring Unit of the Court.
Calendaring Unit sends civil trial ready notices to the parties with instructions to provide an agreed trial date to the Calendaring Unit within 15 days. Any proposed trial dates beyond 9 months from the case filing date require a motion, affidavit, and proposed order, which will be reviewed and ruled on by the Presiding Judge. If a trial date is not reported within 15 days, the court will assign a trial date. Pursuant to UTCR 7.0206, motions to reset trial date may be denied for dates assigned by the court. Plaintiff is responsible for notifying parties who make appearance after the trial date is set.
For Show Cause hearings, the moving party must obtain the hearing date from the Calendaring Unit prior to filing the motion. The date must be contained in the proposed order and returns of service must be filed at least 48 hours prior to the hearing time or the hearing will NOT be set on court calendar. Proper motion and associated document(s), i.e., affidavit, must be filed and ruled on to remove or reset a hearing that is already scheduled.
Upon request, settlement conferences are scheduled with the Pro Tempore Judges on Fridays. Contact the Calendaring Unit for more information, applicable fees and scheduling. All fees must be paid prior to appearance for settlement conference.
Approximately 30 days prior to the trial, the calendaring department will contact the parties to obtain the following information:
- Trial Readiness
- Type of trial - Court or jury, if jury 6 or 12 person
- Anticipated length of trial
- Anticipated number of witnesses
- Special accommodations and considerations
Court will notify the parties of judicial assignment Friday prior to trial.
Civil attorneys do not need to appear at weekly case assignment.
If settlement occurs at least 30 days prior to the scheduled trial date, parties need to contact the Calendaring Unit and report the settlement. Upon proper notice from the parties, the trial will be cancelled and notice of pending dismissal for settlement will be provided to the parties by the court.
If settlement occurs by the Thursday prior to judicial assignment, parties need to file a written outline of the general terms of the settlement or a stipulated dismissal and contact the Calendaring Unit to cancel trial.
If settlement occurs after the judicial assignment, parties must appear on the day of trial to place the settlement or dismissal on the record.