Whom should the plaintiff ask for the adjournment from, the defendant, or the judge, or both? When should the plaintiff ask for adjourment, at the return date in court, or before the return date? Defendant filed cross-motion 7 days (not including return date) before the return date.
Criminal Defense Attorney
It is preferable to get the other side to sign a stipulation that you then bring to court. If they won't you ask the court.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
See response to other question you asked. As for requesting adjournment - ask the opposing counsel/party if they will consent to adjournment, then contact the judge's chamber noting that the opposing party consents. Do so as far in advance of the appearance date as possible.