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How to Request a New Court Date

What if you are representing yourself and you receive a notice from the court with a hearing/motion/trial date that you can’t make? You need to ask the court for more time or a different date. How do you do that? What’s the proper procedure?

  1. Write a letter to the court. Include: Who you are (plaintiff or defendant) The docket or case number The name of the case That you received a court date that you cannot make Your reason for requesting a change of date*

  2. Send a copy of your letter to your adversary

  3. Follow up with a telephone call a few days before your court date.

*Make sure your reason is important. You won’t get far if it’s that you just don’t want to miss your favorite TV show!

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