How many times can a hearing date be changed?

How many time some one can change the lawyer and a hearing date? I have a hearing on 11/15/10 and the opposite party keeps delaying the hearing and now they changed lawyers and are asking for a new hearing date. Just trying to gain some more time. Is mediation mandatory for any case or you can skip that and have final hearing?

Asked on September 20, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Florida


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It is within the judge's discretion to determine how many times the hearing date can be changed.  The opposing party must have a valid reason for requesting a continuance.  The judge will not allow this to continue indefinitely.  Changing attorneys would probably be sufficient grounds for a continuance in order to allow the new attorney to become familiar with the case and prepare for the hearing.

Whether or not mediation is mandatory varies from state to state.  The court papers filed with the lawsuit may include a statement about mediation being mandatory and the requisite procedures.  Mediation is a form of alternate dispute resolution which may result in the case being settled without protracted litigation.  Even if mediation is not required, it may be a good idea to request it during litigation prior to trial.  If the case can be settled, it will be considerably less expensive than proceeding with a trial.

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