(a) At the request of any party or on its own motion, the court may order the parties to participate in a settlement conference.
(b) Unless otherwise ordered by the settlement judge, at least 24 hours before any scheduled settlement conference, each party must submit to the settlement judge a confidential settlement conference brief that is no more than 5 pages in length and addresses each of the following issues:
(1) A brief factual statement regarding the matter;
(2) The procedural posture of the case including any scheduled trial dates;
(3) The strengths and weaknesses of each parties’ claims;
(4) The settlement negotiations that have transpired and whether the parties have engaged in any prior mediations or settlement conferences and the identity of the mediator or prior settlement judge;
(5) The dates and amounts of any demands and offers and their expiration date(s);
(6) Any requirements of a settlement agreement other than a release of all claims for the matter and a dismissal of all claims;
(7) Any unusual legal issues in the matter;
(8) The identity of the individual with full settlement authority who will be attending the settlement conference on behalf of the party; and
(9) Any insurance coverage issues that might affect the resolution of the matter.
[Added; effective July 2, 2007.]