It is within the judge's discretion on whether to grant a continuance. Generally, judges do not like to grant them because they are interested in moving cases to conclusions to get them off their dockets. Now, if there is a good reason for a continuance like a medical reason due to a car accident, you can politely ask the court for some type of confirmation that the medical reason truly exists. The continuance might still be granted, but at least, you're not letting the other side walk over you. At the next continuance hearing, perhaps you should assert that you are incurring attorney's fees (or using vacation time) for someone to appear at these continuance hearings. Perhaps, you can emphasize that you followed all of the rules and are ready for trial. Best of luck.
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