Factors considered for granting an adjournment


An adjournment refers to the temporary suspension or postponement of court proceedings to a later date and time. It essentially means putting a pause on the case, but with the intention of resuming it later. Here's a breakdown of key points:


  • Allows for various issues to be addressed before continuing the case, ensuring a fair and efficient process.
  • Provides parties involved time to gather evidence, prepare arguments, or address unforeseen circumstances.
  • Gives witnesses or participants time to become available if they are currently unable to attend.

Types of Adjournment:

  • Short adjournment: A brief pause within the same court session, often for logistical reasons or procedural matters.
  • Adjournment to a specific date: Postponing the proceedings to a predetermined future date and time.
  • Sine Die adjournment: An indefinite postponement without a set date for resumption, typically at the end of a case.

Who can request an adjournment?

  • Parties involved: Lawyers representing parties in the case can request an adjournment based on legitimate reasons.
  • Judge: The judge presiding over the case has the authority to grant or deny adjournment requests.

Factors considered for granting an adjournment:

  • Reason for the request: The judge will evaluate the legitimacy and necessity of the reason presented for seeking an adjournment.
  • Potential prejudice: The judge will assess whether granting the adjournment would unfairly disadvantage any party involved.
  • Public interest: The judge may consider the broader public interest in ensuring timely resolution of the case.

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