pre-trial conference

pre-trial conference
Procedural device used prior to trial to narrow issues to be tried, to secure stipulations as to matters and evidence to be heard, and to take all other steps necessary to aid in the disposition of the case. Such conferences between opposing attorneys may be called at the discretion of the court. The actions taken at the conference are made the subject of an order which controls the future course of the action. Fed.R. Civil P. 16.
- summary trial.
Criminal cases.
At any time after the filing of the indictment or information the court upon motion of any party or upon its own motion may order one or more conferences to consider such matters as will promote a fair and expeditious trial. At the conclusion of a conference the court shall prepare and file a memorandum of the matters agreed upon. No admissions made by the defendant or his attorney at the conference shall be used against the defendant unless the admissions are reduced to writing and signed by the defendant and his attorney. Fed.RCrim.P. 17.1

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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