As Mr. Nachbar indicated, it is not unusual for the courts to continue trials in the middle of the case. sometimes courts have cases with higher priorities that they have to address. However, there seems to be other issue involved in your case in addition to the court's schecule. As an example, one of the continuances was as a result of your attorney not having subpoenad the inspector at the hearing. This should have been done in #3 and certainly in #4 to ascertain the presence of the inspector.
Mediation after some testimony has been taken is very effective. at this stage of the case, both sides have an idea how the case is going forward and a short mediation may obviate the necessity of a drawn out trial. I would suggest that you proceed with mediation with an open mind. If both of you do so, the case may settle. If not, you can still continue the trial. But your attorney must push the court a little more.
It is not uncommon for trials to be adjourned, especially in Hudson County. The Court may be manadating that a mediation session take place. I would discuss your concerns with your attorney.
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