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Motion to Continue Mandatory Settlement Conference & Trial

How to Extend the Date of Trial

Parties may request an extension, or "continuance," of the date of trial on an affirmative showing of good cause, such as unavailability of an essential witness or party or a significant, unanticipated change in the status of the case.

Motions to continue a trial are not favored. It is usually best to request a continuance as early as possible after you become aware that it will be required. You should never depend on a continuance being granted, as a very real possibility exists that it may be denied, especially if there have already been several continuances in the case.


There is no Judicial Council form for this procedure. Instead, the relevant documents must be typed on 28-line pleading paper. Customizable templates may be downloaded from these link:

Click below to download this guide, with step-by-step instructions and sample forms:

 Motion to Continue Mandatory Settlement Conference and Trial Step by Step

created en 3/2012
updated 9/14 mpj