[E] | WHAT IF THE HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR A TIME WHEN I AM NOT AVAILABLE?
If it is impossible for you to attend the hearing at the scheduled time, you must immediately request a continuance, in writing. You should contact the other parties or their lawyers to see if they will agree to a continuance and to possible alternate dates for hearing before you request a continuance. You should be aware that your request for a continuance will not be granted unless you have a good reason for your request. Except for an extreme emergency, the request must be made at least five days prior to the hearing date. In the case of an extreme emergency, you may make your request by telephone, and the Judge normally will schedule a telephone conference call with the other parties to make a decision on your request for a continuance.