What can I file to have my court date extended until I can hire an attorney?
A motion for continuance may be granted in the court's discretion to allow a party more time to act in a litigation matter. The court will often grant the motion when the moving party can show a justifiable reason for the delay and is not seeking a delay merely for the purpose of delay or for an improper or harassing motive. Requiring additional time to obtain evidence, witnesses, or assistance of counsel is generally considered a proper motive. The court is more likely to grant a continuance when there hasn't been a previous request(s) for additional time. Sometimes a continuance may be stipulated to by the opposing party's attorney and the court may be more likely to grant the continuance when it has been stipulated to by the opposing party or their attorney.