I have a case coming to trial in two weeks. There is a pretrial conference scheduled. What is that? Do I need to attend?
Generally, conferences are held prior to a trial so that the Judge and lawyers can resolve disputes about the admissibility of evidence, the timing of witness testimony, and other logistical matters. Pre-trial conferences can greatly streamline the progression of a trial thereby minimizing the financial cost on the parties, witnesses, jurors and the Court.
You need to ask your lawyer whether you should attend the pretrial conference.