NOTE - Due to recent changes in TSP Rules being instituted by Justice Silver, some of the above are being modified. For any questions about future TSP appearances, please contact us.
TSP (Trial Scheduling Part):
October 2019 - This part has been changing day to day. Updates to follow.
Sets initial Court-Ordered discovery schedule. Court Rules require the conference to be held within 45 days after the filing of the RJI. One 2-week adjournment can be granted initially. The 2nd time the conference is on, it will be held, even if all parties are not present. To cover a Preliminary Conference, we require a Bill of Particulars and any special instructions regarding discovery and deposition dates.
By Court rule, Compliance Conferences in Queens CANNOT be adjourned. These are unlike "certification conferences" in other Counties. A final discovery schedule is set in the Compliance Conference Order. Any outstanding discovery issues not addressed in the Compliance Conference Order will be deemed waived. Any pending discovery motions should be resolved at the Compliance Conference.
To cover a Compliance Conference, we require:
From Plaintiff’s counsel: B/P; PC Order; status of discovery and any other discovery issues which you wish to be addressed.
From Defense counsel: Plaintiff’s B/P; PC Order; status of discovery and any other discovery issues which you wish to be addressed.
"IN PERSON CONFERENCES" - Formerly called "Ritholtz Conference'
These conferences can be requested by any party by calling chambers between the date of the Compliance Conference and a short time after the Note of Issue is filed. The purpose of the conference is to execute a “So Ordered In-Person Conference Stipulation” using distinct, court approved language to schedule the remaining discovery and avoid the necessity of a Motion to Strike the Note of Issue. Depending on the amount of discovery remaining and the status of the filing of the Note of Issue, the case can be “stayed” or not. If the case is stayed, the parties will return for additional conferences until discovery is complete and the stay can be lifted. Thereafter, depending on the status of the Note of Issue filing, summary judgments dates or trial conference dates can be set.
These conferences do not appear on E-Courts and cannot be adjourned. They can be time consuming if the parties do not agree on resolving the issues. YOU CANNOT SIMULTANEOUSLY REQUEST THIS CONFERENCE AND MOVE TO VACATE THE NOTE OF ISSUE. It’s one or the other.
To cover these conferences we need detailed preparation regarding issues that will be addressed. We also need a contact person we can call from Court as may be needed.