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Criminal Division Adjournment Procedure

While requests for adjournments are discouraged, they will be considered for good cause. An adjournment request needs to be made immediately when conflict is known. Adjournments will not be granted less than 48 hours before the scheduled hearing date unless there is a verifiable emergency.

To request an adjournment of a proceeding before a judge, file a Stipulation and Order for Adjournment MC 309  either by mail or by fax to the attention of the Judge's Criminal Clerk. If you fax, please do not send an original copy through the mail. The Stipulation and Order must be filled out completely, signed and dated by both parties to the case. Incomplete forms will be rejected.

The prosecutor or city attorney is the plaintiff on criminal cases. For a directory of the 48th District Court city and township attorneys and the Oakland County Prosecutor Office, please see our City and Township Attorneys and Prosecutor contact page.

If the adjournment request is due to a conflicting court date, the judge will follow Michigan Court Rule 2.501(D)(3) in determining whether to grant the request. Please note that no adjournment is granted unless the order is signed by the Judge. If the adjournment is granted, the criminal clerk will reschedule the case and notify all parties by mail.

If the request to adjourn case is not granted, the criminal clerk will notify the defense attorney or defendant by mail or by telephone. If the request to adjourn the case is less than 24 hours before your scheduled court date, please contact the Criminal Department at 248-647-1141 to find out the status of your request.


Preliminary Examination:
All first requests for adjournment of a Preliminary Examination must be made in person on the court record and authorized by the judge. If you are asking for a second adjournment of a Preliminary Examination, submit a Stipulation and Order for Adjournment MC 309 and follow the procedures outlined above. Please note that an adjournment is not granted unless the order is signed by the judge.


Probation Violation:
If you need to request an adjournment of a Probation Violation Hearing, you must submit a written request to the probation officer assigned to your case; include the reason for the request to adjourn the hearing.

IMPORTANT: Please call the court to inquire whether the adjournment was granted.