Having presided over 350 civil and criminal trials, I am sensitive to, and mindful of, the civil case management principle that:
" The concept of early and continuous judicial supervision and control is intended to enhance the quality of litigation and ensure that justice is fairly rendered." Superior Court Third Amended Standing Order No.: 1-88 A.
To this end, I aspire to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure's stated goal of "…secure[ing] the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action." Mass. R. Civ. P. 1.
Cases filed in our civil session will likely be scheduled for at least one, and possibly two, case events before the final pretrial conference.
A Case Management Conference is scheduled for about four months after the filing of the answer, the purpose of which is to establish a case-specific discovery schedule as well as to offer, in a limited number of cases, the prospect of early resolution.
A Litigation Control Conference is held about two months before the close of discovery, to monitor the parties' discovery progress, establish a firm trial date, and explore, in a Rule 16 setting, the opportunity for alternative dispute resolution. Assuming that the parties are so agreeable, I will either refer the case immediately for mediation, or issue a conditional Order regarding Mediation (e.g., that upon the parties' completion of any remaining discovery tasks or such other relevant event, the parties are referred to mediation).
At either event, dates for both the final pretrial conference and trial will be established.
The trial will be held, as scheduled, on the date assigned. 1