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In the interest of saving time, simplifying issues, and avoiding unnecessary litigation, the Court may schedule a pretrial hearing with all parties. The pretrial hearing may, at the Court’s discretion, be held in an informal setting and conducted without formal procedures. The parties and the Court shall discuss areas where the parties are in agreement and areas where they disagree. The discussion shall have the purposes of identifying and disposing of issues that can be resolved without trial, identifying the issues of law remaining to be decided and, if necessary, limiting the testimony of witnesses and presentation of evidence. Any agreements reached shall be stated on the record or put in writing and signed by the parties. [Res. 2012-24; 2008 Code § 2.5.9]