The date for the trial is not set until many other steps are done. I am assuming this is in the very early stages. Plaintiff has served Defendant with the complaint and Def. has ‘answered’. The next step is Discovery, where plaintiff asks for info. Then the def can ask Plaintiff for Discovery (their ‘proof’). THEN depositions can be taken for either side. THEN mediation is set up. If that doesn’t resolve anything, then I assume it would go to court. Both lawyers meet at a calendar call and ask for a setting of a trial date.
Keep in mind that lawyers for both sides will want to resolve this before having to go to court.