DCR 3.508 Continuances, Trial Settings and Disposition Hearings

The prompt disposition of pending actions shall be encouraged and continuances may be granted only upon good cause shown and then only to a date and time certain. No indeterminate or general continuances shall be granted.

Trials or adjudicatory hearings shall be afforded to all youth without unnecessary delay and disposition or sentencing shall be afforded all youth within thirty (30) days after adjudication, except for good cause shown. Motions to continue scheduled pre-trial, trial, disposition or sentencing settings shall be discouraged. Such motions shall be made and reduced to writing at least seven (7) days prior to the setting and for good cause shown. Motions to continue for administrative purposes shall be directed to the Clerk of the District Court on the appropriate form available from the Clerk. Any party seeking a continuance of setting or administrative continuance shall notify all other interested parties of the request and secure a setting from the Court or Clerk as appropriate.

Trials by jury may be granted in juvenile offender cases upon written request at the discretion of the Court.

Revised: April 15, 1998