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Webster's dictionary defines adjourned as "to suspend indefinitely or until a later stated time."
If you are acting as your own attorney, you may hear a judge say that your case is adjourned for you to retain counsel. In this instance, the court believes that your case may be serious and you should consider hiring counsel or consulting an attorney before taking further legal action. This is a common occurrence when a person is charged with a crime wherein a jail sentence may be imposed.
In other circumstance, the court may grant your attorney an adjournment simply to discuss the matter in further detail with you or for the attorney to have more time to prepare of the matter. In my practice, handling traffic ticket and DWI cases, a court will often grant an adjournment simply because my client has retained our services the day before a court appearance. They tend to understand that attorneys usually need more than 24 hours notice to appear in court.
Usually, the act of granting an adjournment is at the discretion of the court.
If you have a legal matter whether its criminal, civil, or a speeding ticket, give our lawyers a call to see how we can help. We can be reached at 914-723-7900.