Pamela L. Gallagher
Brian D. Graifman
Supreme Court Committee
January 23, 2014
Proposed Adoption of New Preliminary Conference Form for Use in the Commercial Division
The Supreme Court Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association reviewed the Office of Court Administration (“OCA”) proposal regarding the adoption of a new Preliminary Conference Form for use in the Commercial Division.
A majority of members of the Supreme Court Committee voted in favor of the proposal following a presentation by the Commercial Division Advisory Council, which also recommended adoption of the new Preliminary Conference Form in the Commercial Division.
The Committee supported a more thorough and uniform approach to the Preliminary Conference (PC) Order, which currently can vary by judge in New York County. The Committee observed that the new Preliminary Conference Form aligns with the form of PC Order used in the Commercial Division in Westchester and Nassau Counties. Finally, the Committee observed that the form encouraged increased preparedness with respect to discovery and reflected the requirements of the Federal Courts’ Rule 26 statement.