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Part 6 - Motions

Rule 26 - Conference

Conference
26.01   A judge may convene a conference, at which the parties meet with the judge with or without a record.
       
Case management
26.02 (1) A judge may order the prothonotary to appoint a case management judge to assist in managing a proceeding.
  (2) The case management judge may give directions on motion at a conference.
  (3) The case management judge may hear and determine a motion on evidence in a courtroom by special appointment.
  (4) The case management judge must hear all pretrial motions, unless the judge determines that another judge should hear the motion.
       
When conference appropriate
26.03 (1) The court must convene a conference required by a Rule, such as a date assignment conference or a trial readiness conference.
  (2) A conference may be convened to provide any of the following:
   
(a)
organization of a trial or hearing;
   
(b)
hearing a motion to appoint a time and date, and provide directions, for an application in court, a judicial review, or an appeal;
   
(c)
case management by a case management judge;
   
(d)
anything that may aid the disposition of a proceeding or motion, and may properly be dealt with outside a courtroom.
       
Motions at conference
26.04 (1) A judge who presides at a conference may do any of the following:
   
(a)
give directions;
   
(b)
appoint a time, date, and place for a trial or hearing;
   
(c)
rule on an issue of procedure or evidence for an upcoming trial or hearing, if the parties consent to the issue being determined at a conference.
  (2) Directions given at a conference may be varied.
  (3) A ruling on an issue submitted by consent is binding at the trial or hearing.
       
Record of conference
26.05 (1) A conference must be recorded by the court, unless the judge who presides at the conference directs otherwise.
  (2) A judge who presides at a conference that is not recorded must make a record after the conference of each of the following:
   
(a)
the subjects discussed, and agreements made, at the conference;
   
(b)
directions given at the conference;
   
(c)
a ruling on an issue of evidence or procedure for an upcoming trial or hearing submitted to the judge at the conference with the consent of the parties.
  (3) A direction, including a ruling, made at a conference may be enforced as provided in Rule 78 - Order.
       

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