154. At the case management conference, the court may decide to hold a hearing of the parties, on the preliminary exceptions, or to hear the defendant on the grounds of defence, which are recorded in the minutes of the hearing or in a brief statement. The court may try the case immediately if the defence is to be oral and the parties are ready to proceed, postpone the hearing to a specified later date or leave it to the court clerk to set the date.
Preliminary exceptions are presented and contested orally, but the court may authorize the parties to submit the relevant evidence.
2014, c. 1, a. 154; 2020, c. 29, s. 231.