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I'm pitch hitting in a court set, med mal, discovery status conference. I've not appeared in court since I was sworn in and I'm barely familiar with the case. The partner on the case was no help when I asked him what I should expect.

How should I prepare for this?

Case is in NC.

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Great explanation LA1. Also, to avoid any future embarrassment, it's "pinch hitting." Good luck!

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Haha, thanks. I actually know that and must have miss typed.

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I practice in MA, but discovery status conferences are generally fairly painless. I would check the scheduling order re: discovery deadlines (has deadline already been extended?), check the case docket to get a sense of how much has happened in the case, check your file to see what discovery has been completed (doc requests, doc responses, interrogatories, answers to interrogatories, & depositions), & try to figure out what discovery is still pending. The court likely just wants to know that you have actively been moving the case forward & any delays are justified. The court will also want to know how much time is needed to complete discovery. Talk to opposing counsel before your case gets called to see if you are on the same page, if possible. Good luck!

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If there is a paralegal on the case, ask them for help getting up to speed. It’s likely they’ve drafted all of the demands and the R/Os to any requests so will know what’s outstanding on both sides. They will also have been maintaining the internal docket so can send you schedule orders. Good luck!

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