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A. The court may in its discretion direct the attorneys for the parties and any unrepresented parties to appear before it for a conference or conferences 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 pretrial activities;
4. improving the quality of the trial through more thorough preparation, and;
5. facilitating the settlement of the case.
A pretrial order may be entered, and if entered it will control the subsequent proceedings unless modified at trial to prevent manifest injustice.
B. Failure to appear at a conference, appearance at a conference substantially unprepared or failure to participate in good faith may result in any of the following
1. an order entered by default;
2. assessment of expenses and fees ( either against a party or the attorney individually); or
3. such other order as the court may deem just and appropriate.
C. The court may in its discretion schedule a pretrial mediation conference to be facilitated by a staff member of the court in accordance with Rule 48, for the purpose of facilitating settlement of the case. Sections 48-163, 48-164, RRS. 2010.
Effective date: December 24, 1997.