What is a Settlement Conference?: A settlement conference is basically just a meeting with a judge. It is done for the sole purpose of trying to settle the issues in your case to try to avoid having to go to trial. Where are a Settlement Conferences held?: Settlement conferences are usually held in a conference room at the courthouse, they are not held in a courtroom, usually. Who attends a Settlement Conference?: Settlement Conferences are attended by each party and their attorneys, and a judge. The judge present at the settlement conference will not be the same judge that is.