Court procedure - mention adjournment

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Court procedure - mention adjournment

Postby curious1 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:09 am

Dear Sean,
The information on your website is very helpful. Would you mind clarifying a bit further on
court process?

'On the return date your lawyer will normally contact the court and do one of the following things:
(a) adjourn the mention to a further mention in approximately 4 weeks time, or
(b) adjourn the mention to a case conference in approximately 2 to 6 weeks time. '

I am self representing and have been trying to figure out how to get my mention adjourned,
hopefully without attending court. Can I do that on the phone like you say you do?
Do I have to give reasons?

If so, would any of these be valid reasons?
1. I have received the brief, but need more time to assess the charges/ defenses etc.
2. I am studying for an exam with a professional body due in 2 weeks, so haven't had enough time to concentrate on the charges?
3. I have just moved house.

btw, the court coordinator has replied to my request for information on how to adjourn, with
'You will be able to conduct the case conference on the first mention date
when you attend at court.' which is not quite what I want.

Thanks.

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Re: Court procedure - mention adjournment

Postby Hardy » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:17 pm

Sounds like you did not ask for an adjournment when you contacted the court.
Give that a try.
There are dozens of different reasons why people need an adjournment. All you can do is offer your reason if they ask.
Your reason will help determine how long an adjournment you need. Best to just tell them what date you want to come in to do the case conference.

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Re: Court procedure - mention adjournment

Postby curious1 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:35 am

Thanks a lot, Sean. Will give it a go.


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