Initial Prehearing Conference
Once the panel is appointed, FINRA schedules the Initial Prehearing Conference (IPHC). The IPHC is the first time that the parties and arbitrators meet to set the schedule for the case and usually held by telephone. During this telephone conference, the arbitration panel will schedule evidentiary hearing dates, establish discovery deadlines, set briefing and motion deadlines, determine whether mediation is desirable, and address other preliminary matters.
Other Prehearing Conferences
After the IPHC, the arbitrators may need to convene additional prehearing conferences with the parties to resolve issues or disputes, e.g., discovery, motions.