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Generally, once an answer is filed by the defendant, the Court will issue an order or notice scheduling a conference with the assigned Judge or Magistrate Judge under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16(b) and 26(f). The order or notice will set forth what is to be covered at the Conference and notify the parties that they are required to meet and confer (except in prisoner cases) at least 21 days prior to the conference (either in person or by telephone) in order to discuss a proposed schedule for how the case is to progress. At the Conference, the parties will meet with the Judge or Magistrate Judge (or maybe his or her law clerk) and discuss, among other things, the issues involved in the case, settlement, and a proposed scheduling order. Following the Conference, the Court will issue a Scheduling Order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b), which will set forth a schedule as to when certain phases of the case must be completed.

For example, the Scheduling Order will set forth dates as to when

(1) all initial (mandatory) disclosures must be produced (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 26(a)(1);

(2) all motions to amend or join parties must be filed;

(3) all discovery must be completed; and

(4) all dispositive motions must be filed.

It may also set forth dates for further pre-trial conferences, a settlement conference and trial.

In some limited circumstances, generally cases filed by prisoners, a scheduling conference may not be held and the Judge or Magistrate Judge will issue a Scheduling Order. (US District Court, New York, Western District // Buffalo, NY 14202 // Pro Se Litigation Guidelines)
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