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Rule 40. Scheduling and postponing a trial.

(a) Scheduling a trial. Until a case is certified in accordance with Rule 16, thecourt may but is not required to schedule a trial.

(b) Postponement. The court may postpone a trial for good cause uponsuch terms as are just, including the payment of costs.

(c) Preserving testimony of witnesses. If requested, the court may conduct a hearing toexamine and cross-examine any witness present, and the testimony may be read atthe trial with the same effect as and subject to the same objections to adeposition under Rule 32.