This is listed under Federal Crime, even though it seems to be an issue relating to North Carolina state courts. Typically, the number of continuances is up to the judge and depends on the circumstances. There is no set number. You should consult with your attorney about demanding a speedy trial if that is your objective.
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There is no limit on how many times a case can be continued. It all depends on the judge and what is going on in your case.
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This is actually a State law question. My experience in NC courts is that Superior Court cases can be continued as many times as the Court deems necessary, but courts deem continuances less and less necessary as the time drags on. The side asking for a continuance must show "good cause" for each request, and that is easier earlier in the case -- especially while discovery issues are still being hammered out. Also be aware that courts have a self-imposed time in which they try to have cases resolved.
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