Q. Judge Smith, how do you approach reviewing case files and pushing the parties toward resolution? — Minnie

A. By juggling hundreds of balls in the air and directing action when necessary. That means I monitor the cases and apply as much pressure as needed to move them along.

The plaintiffs’ claims put the defendants on notice of what they are defending. If lawsuits were movies, the pleadings would be the script. And without a tight script, no one knows what to do. Thus, courts cannot set trials until the parties establish their claims and defenses.