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Legal Memorandum: Granting an Adjournment in NJ

Issue: When are the courts in New Jersey required to grant an adjournment or an extension of time?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Adjournment; Extension of time
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 05/01/2004

It is well settled that although it is within the trial court’s discretion whether to grant an adjournment, the court mistakenly exercises its discretion by refusing to grant an adjournment when to do so would allow “the fair resolution of controversies and disputes.”  R H Lytle Co. v. Swing-Rite Door Co., Inc., 287 N.J. Super. 510, 512-13 (App. Div. 1996) TA l "R H Lytle Co. v. Swing-Rite Door Co., Inc., 287 N.J. Super. 510 (App. Div. 1996)" s "R H Lytle Co. v. Swing-Rite Door  (App. Div. 1996)" c 1 .  Accord Allegro v. Afton Vill. Corp., 9 N.J. 156 (1952) TA l "Allegro v. Afton Vill. Corp., 9 N.J. 156 (1952)" s "Allegro v. Afton Vill. Corp. (1952)" c 1 .  See also Hungerford v. Great Bay Casino Corp., 213 N.J. Super. 398, 403 (App. Div. 1986) TA s "Hungerford v. Greate Bay Casino Corp.  (App. Div. 1986)" .  (trial court abuses its discretion in refusing to grant an extension of time to answer discovery requests).  The power to extend time “should be exercised where required in the interests of justice.”  Id TA s "Hungerford v. Greate Bay Casino Corp.  (App. Div. 1986)" .  Further, the authority to adjourn summary judgment proceedings must be exercised in accordance with the requirement that the court engage in an analytical process when deciding a motion for summary judgment.  Brill v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 142 N.J. 520, 533 (1995) TA l "Brill v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 142 N.J. […]

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