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Continuance Policy


CONTINUANCE POLICY OF THE BELLA VISTA DISTRICT COURT

It is the policy of this Court to provide justice for citizens without unnecessary delay and without undue waste of the time and other resources of the Court, the litigants, and other case participants. For all of its case types and dockets, the Court looks with strong disfavor on motions or requests to continue court events. To protect the credibility of scheduled trial dates, trial-date continuances are especially disfavored.

Plea/Discovery settings: Except in unusual circumstances, any continuance motion or request must be in writing and filed no later than 48 hours before the court event is scheduled.
Each continuance motion must contain the reason for the request.
Only one continuance per party (plaintiff and defendant) per case will be permitted.

Trial settings: The Court highly disfavors any continuance of scheduled trials.
The Court will only entertain continuance motions or requests of set trials in extreme circumstances.
Such continuance requests should be made at least 5 business days before the scheduled event.

The court will grant a continuance only for good cause shown. On a case-by-case basis, the Court will evaluate whether sufficient cause justifies a continuance. Whenever possible, the Court shall hold the rescheduled court event on the next scheduled docket.