UPDATED January 4, 2023
Effective January 1, 2023, Caifornia Code of Civil Procedure § 2016 which authorized authorized the court to conduct an informal discovery conference upon request of a party or on the court’s own motion was REPEALED.
As a Discovery Referee, I found the process helpful and incorporated it into many of my discovery orders. I encourage parties to continue using informal discovery conferences as they are productive. Agree to stipulate to extending the time to bring a motion to compel further responses in order to meet and confer in good faith. Consider bringing in a discovery referee for the limited purposed of aiding you in the process.