A scheduling conference is a meeting between parties with the assistance of court where they sort out areas of agreement and disagreement leaving contentious issues for actual hearing. A scheduling conference is provided for under Order 12 rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules which provides that court shall hold a scheduling conference to sort out points of agreement and disagreement, possibility of mediation, arbitration and any other form of settlement within seven days after the order of delivery of interrogatories and discovery have been made or within 28 days from the date of the last reply.
In Tommy Otto V Uganda Wildlife Authority HCCS No.208 of 2012, Court found that a scheduling conference does not in itself dispose of a suit but is a preliminary step towards the disposal.
There are several objectives of the scheduling conference which include;
The procedure is that;
In practice, court may order the parties to file a joint scheduling memorandum instead of appearing and conducting a conference before a judge.