Prehearing Conference Law and Legal Definition

Prehearing conference is the procedure usually held prior to a formal adjudicatory hearing. Prehearing conference often results in binding agreements concerning the introduction of evidence, the use of witnesses, and may limit the issues. It is the last time the parties may make a final effort to settle the issues without having a formal adjudication. The prehearing conference will often conclude with a written agreement about the matters that could be resolved and such agreement will be binding on the parties. Agencies often promulgate elaborate procedural rules detailing the nature of the prehearing conference.