SOUTH BEND – It will likely be the end of the year before a federal judge makes a ruling on the legality of recorded phone calls at South Bend's Police Department.
On Tuesday, attorneys representing South Bend, the City Council and four police officers met face-to-face for the very first time.
They agreed to separate the case into two phases.
In the first phase, attorneys will present evidence on whether they think those phone conversations were recorded legally.
That's due by June 1.
The second phase would address all other allegations in the lawsuits.
The wiretapping controversy led to the demotion of former Police Chief Daryl Boykins and the firing of Communications Director Karen DePaepe.
There are allegations that the recorded phone calls contain racially charged comments.