What Kinds of Deadlines Must Be Met in a Lawsuit?
There are four categories of deadlines:
Why is This Important for You?
Even experienced attorneys can forget deadlines, but the court will not. And while attorneys have support staff to keep track of dates and documents, you do not. The court is unlikely to be accommodating if you miss a deadline. It is important for you to know the necessary steps to get to trial and when each step must be completed. You can print out this page as a checklist to keep track of the dates involved with your case.
12 Deadlines to Add to Your Calendar
These steps will be explored in greater depth in sections to be published in the future.
1. File Pleadings/Complaint in Court
2. Serve Defendant(s)
3. File Proof of Service
4. Receive Defendant(s) Response
5. File Plaintiff Opposition
6. File "Meet and Confer" Statement
7. Attend "Meet and Confer" Hearing
8. Serve Defendant(s) with Informal Discovery
9. Compel Discovery
10. Exchange Expert Witness Lists with Defendant(s)
11. Attend Case Management Conference
12. Attend Trial