CourtWatch – sample documents – Motion for Extension of Time, Federal Civil Court.

Let’s say the police raided the house, someone was jailed, and there was a HUGE misunderstanding… and now someone has exigent circumstances.

Or let’s say that the neighborhood suffered a sewer leak and the whole area was shut out for days and days and days… and oh, my, disaster took valuable Court days away.

A Motion for Extension of Time, the “oops, yer Honor, I’m gonna miss that date, please grant me more time” – is essentially a plea for mercy and more time.

But first, the DISCLAIMER…

I am not an attorney. NONE OF THIS IS LEGAL ADVICE.  Consult a lawyer.  Please use this article as a jumping off point in your research!

Here are two sample motions from REAL Court dockets I’ve culled from searches online.

GAND-EXT-TIME-JOINT-MOTION

2012-03-01_JointMotionToExtendTime-1

Now, for the tip on how I write my own Motions: I search specifically for the Court the case is in.  I.e., United States District Court, Middle district of Georgia, & “Motion for Extension of Time” and the name of what should have been done on time.  I also stayed in my own district. That’s how I found these samples.

The more that you can prove real exigent circumstances, the likelihood of a judge granting an extension of time increases.  To deal with last-minute Court hearings, I wrote how much time I was given to prepare (almost none) and explained that the Court hearings were as a result of circumstances beyond my control, and the effort required me to drop all work and prepare within what limited time I had.

I also explained in my own Motion that Court hearings took valuable deadline days away from me getting my case work done.  And it certainly helped that I had made exhaustive efforts to mitigate the losses of time but other circumstances prevailed, making me late.

I also created a nice paper trail detailing my exhausting and exigent circumstances and attached an Exhibit A with a single page of proof of my efforts.

My motion was filed ON the day that the work I owed was due.  I filed my Motion on the day that the work was due, and included my efforts to resolve my difficulties and the FACTS in support of an argument for impossibility, right nearly up to the very hour I needed to be out the door and on the way to Court.

Please do not think that this post is the cat’s meow.  It’s not.  I spent about four hours doing research and compiling my Motion, but hey – it bought me a seven-day extension of time.  Do more research, make sure you sound like you know what you’re doing & please consult counsel! This post is NOT legal advice.

Good luck!
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About Amy Barnes

Author has extensive experience in Retail, including two years as a supervisor. Educated in Psychology, Financial Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Programming. Work experience in Law Enforcement, Security (IT), Programming (REALBasic, SQL, VB, JAVA), Retail.
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