Whether you are a Plaintiff or a Defendant in a Small Claims Court matter, you are generally required to attend a Settlement Conference.
Settlement Conference is a Court attendance where the parties to a Small Claims Court matter and their legal representatives, if retained, will meet with a Deputy Judge or referee to discuss the issues of the matter and attempt to narrow the issues and resolve the matter without the need of a trial. The Deputy Judge or referee acts as a neutral third party. Witnesses do not attend at the Settlement Conference.
During the Settlement Conference each party will have the opportunity to voice their opinion about the matter. If the parties can agree to a settlement, the Deputy Judge or referee will write the agreement as an Order.
It is important to remember that the discussions that occur at Settlement Conference are considered private and cannot be used during a trial.