Attorney Eric D. Puryear

Court Date Continuances

Puryear Law » Legal Blog » Law in General » Court Date Continuances

Continuance is the legal term for when a court date is rescheduled to some time in the future.  There are many reasons that a court date may be Continued, and continuances can have significant effects upon cases.

Puryear Law offers free in-office consultations, as well as emergency after-hours consultations by phone for people with cases in Iowa and Illinois. See our consultation options.

There are many reasons that a court may continue a hearing.  Some common reasons:

  • To allow for more time for negotiations
  • The need to obtain additional evidence or witnesses
  • The absence of a party or attorney due to a car accident or medical problem
  • A scheduling conflict
  • The desire to resolve other matters first, such as wishing to handle a protective order case first and continue a divorce trial to a later date

The court can continue a case on its own initiative (called a sua sponte continuance), or at the request of any of the parties to a case.  Continuances that are requested by a party and agreed to by the other party or parties are very likely to be granted.  In situations where one party wants a continuance and another party or parties do not agree, then the court will generally hold a hearing to decide whether to grant or deny the requested continuance. There is generally no right to a continuance, meaning that the court is free to deny the request.

Reasons that a court may deny a continuance request include the following:

Request More Information

Text "Lawyer" to 21000
or email [email protected] to receive information on your legal options with Puryear Law.

  • A case has been pending for “too long” and the court does not wish to see the case drag out any longer
  • Granting a continuance would cause hardship to a party that has spent time preparing for the court date
  • Witnesses or a jury would be inconvenienced by the granting of the continuance
  • The continuance request is seen by the court as an improper delaying tactic
  • The continuance request is made by a party due to that party’s lack of diligence in preparing their case, which the court does not wish to reward with a continuance

Generally speaking, the “better” a reason that a party has for requesting a continuance, and the sooner the request is made, the more likely it is that the motion to continue will be granted.

Tags for this legal blog article: ,

Related legal blog articles:

Legal Representation in Iowa or Illinois

See our Consultation Options to get the legal representation you need.

Request More Information

Enter your email address to receive information about legal representation from Puryear Law.


Map and Directions to Puryear Law

Puryear Law P.C.
3719 Bridge Ave
Suite 6
Davenport, IA 52807
Iowa Phone: (563)362-0901
Illinois Phone: (309)948-6699
Toll-Free Phone: (888)919-3719

Click the map shown below for turn-by-turn directions to Puryear Law's office. Map and Directions to Puryear Law