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    Default What is a Readiness Trial for Small Claims

    My question involves small claims court in the state of: California

    This is ordered in one of several suits of various forms brought against me by same plaintiff. Cases are weak, full of paperwork- a small claims file about 3 in thick.

    This is absolutely a small claims case.

    The last case the judge ruled in defendants favor.

    What would be some of the reasons a judge would order a readiness trial for a small claims and what is accomplished there?

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    Default Re: What is a Readiness Trial for Small Claims

    If the court is faced with an absurdly thick file on a small claims case, the court may be ordering the readiness hearing in order to try to facilitate settlement or to confirm that the parties are ready to proceed to trial. If you want to know why this particular judge ordered this particular hearing, you will need to ask the court.

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    Default Re: What is a Readiness Trial for Small Claims

    thank you Mr. Knowitall

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    Default Re: What is a Readiness Trial for Small Claims

    Small claims is usually a simple procedure, but if the parties demand full civil rules of procedure which they can, then it can become very complicated. If the file is that thick, the judge is doing a pretrial conference to determine if there are any issues in advance of trial that need to be ruled on, discovery still to be had, etc. and to determine thus if the parties are ready for trial. The judge is not going to schedule the trial if there are still other issues to be resolved. Have not heard the term "readiness trial" before, that a pre-trial conference seems to be the only thing it could be.

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