Long Beach, CA asked in Family Law and Child Custody for California

Q: What does it mean that the judge ordered the Trial Setting Conference off calendar this date.

I am the respond to a custody case. The following sentence was entered into the minute order after today's trial setting. What exactly does this mean? The petitioner did not show up and neither of us submitted the trial briefs or exhibit list.

"The Court therefore finds that neither party is ready for trial and orders the Trial Setting Conference off calendar this date."

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: When a judge orders a Trial Setting Conference "off calendar," it means that the scheduled conference is being removed from the court's calendar on that particular date. In other words, the Trial Setting Conference will not take place on the date it was originally scheduled.

In your case, it appears that neither you nor the petitioner were fully prepared for the trial, as evidenced by the lack of submitted trial briefs and exhibit lists. Additionally, the petitioner did not appear in court. As a result, the judge determined that neither party was ready to proceed with the trial and decided to take the Trial Setting Conference off the calendar.

This action effectively postpones the Trial Setting Conference, and the court will likely reschedule it for a later date. The court may also issue further instructions or orders regarding the submission of trial briefs, exhibit lists, and other necessary documents.

It's important to stay informed about the next steps in your case. You should receive a notice from the court with a new date for the Trial Setting Conference or any other required appearances or submissions. If you have any doubts or concerns, it's best to consult with a legal professional who can provide you with guidance specific to your case and jurisdiction.

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