17 CFR 12.303 - Pre-decision conferences.
During the time period permitted for discovery pursuant to § 12.30(d), and thereafter, the Administrative Law Judge may, in his discretion, conduct one or more pre-decision conferences to be held in Washington, DC or by telephone, with all parties for the purposes of:
(a) Discussing the advisability of electing the voluntary decisional procedure;
(b) Encouraging a settlement of the entire case, or any part thereof (such discussions may be ex parte with the consent of all parties);
(c) Simplifying or clarifying issues;
(d) Obtaining stipulations, admissions of fact and of authenticity of documents;
(e) Discussing amendments or supplements to the pleadings;
(f) Encouraging an early settlement of disputes relating to discovery; and
(g) Discussing any matters of relevance in the proceeding.