(a) In each action for medical or dental malpractice filed pursuant to NRS Chapter 41A, the chief judge or his/her designee will calendar a status check to schedule the trials of those actions.
(b) During the status check hearing, the chief judge or his/her designee must address the following issues:
(1) The status of discovery;
(2) The status of settlement negotiations, including an update regarding the settlement conference required pursuant to NRS 41A.081; and
(3) Any issues that would affect the scheduling of a trial date.
(c) After considering the issues set forth in subsection (b), the chief judge or his/her designee may set a firm trial date in any available department based upon the age of the case and the parties’ readiness to commence trial, unless a specific case has previously been granted a preferential setting. Where possible, the trial will be set in compliance with the statutory deadlines set forth in NRS Chapter 41A; however, if a case cannot be set for trial within these deadlines because of limited judicial resources, the case may be set beyond the statutory deadlines, and the parties will be advised that any penalties relating to the scheduling will be waived.
[Added; effective December 17, 2008.]