24.5.318 PRETRIAL CONFERENCE AND ORDER (1) A final pretrial conference shall precede every trial unless otherwise ordered by the court.
(2) The court may appoint a hearing examiner to conduct the pretrial conference and may delegate authority to such hearing examiner to make rulings on all matters discussed at the pretrial conference, including pretrial motions of the parties.
(3) In the discretion of the court in appropriate circumstances, a pretrial conference may be conducted by a telephone conference call.
(4) At the time of the pretrial conference the parties shall present a proposed pretrial order in the form provided in (5). Disputes as to the content of the final pretrial order shall be presented and resolved at the pretrial conference. The final, signed pretrial order shall be filed and received at the court by the Friday preceding the trial.
(5) The pretrial order must be signed by all parties and shall set forth the following:
(6) Upon approval by the court the pretrial order shall supersede all other pleadings and shall govern the trial proceedings. Amendments to the pretrial order shall be allowed by either stipulation of the parties or leave of court for good cause shown.
(7) All exhibits which will be offered at trial shall be provided to the court at the time of the pretrial conference. The exhibits shall be bound or in a three-ring notebook. The exhibits shall be tabbed and numbered consecutively. All pages within an exhibit shall be numbered beginning with 1. Exhibits attached to depositions must also be numbered sequentially.
(8) Upon request an earlier preliminary pretrial conference may be scheduled and held to address any discovery or other issues encountered by the parties. (History: Sec. 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-4-201, 39-71-2901, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1715, Eff. 11/26/83; PREV. Rule #, ARM 2.52.213; TRANS, from Admin., 1989 MAR p. 2177, Eff. 12/22/89; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 847, Eff. 5/1/90; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 27, Eff. 1/14/94; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 557, Eff. 2/23/96; AMD, 2003 MAR p.650, Eff. 4/11/03.)