Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Checklist and Instructions for Attorneys to file a Motion for Continuance
After the required case status conference with opposing counsel, if a postponement is being requested by either party the following is the process to file a motion for a continuance.
- Defense Counsel’s appearance must be entered on behalf of the Defendant.
- You must have the following information before submitting your postponement request:
- Defendant’s name, docket number(s) and lead charge.
- The Judge assigned.
- The name of Opposing Counsel assigned to the case.
- If opposing counsel consents or objects to the postponement request.
- Defendant’s consent (if Defense Counsel is the moving party).
- Previous postponement information.
- Reason for Motion for Continuance.
- Three trial dates agreed upon by both parties, to submit to the court for consideration.
- Once complete, the submission for the postponement will be forwarded to the assigned Judge for review.
- Once the Motion for Continuance has been Granted or Denied by the Court, both parties will be notified via email or by phone.
- If Granted, the Defense Attorney will make arrangements with Court Staff for the defendant to sign a new Subpoena or to have counsel sign on his behalf using the approved protocol for telephone verification.
- A copy of the Granted or Denied postponement form will be sent to both parties via mail or email.