How Can I Get a Court Date Faster?

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Usually the court sets the date for a case hearing. These dates are not rigid, however, and you can ask the court to grant you a hearing sooner rather than later. Getting a court date faster depends on the court procedures in your county or state, the reasons you provide for wanting an earlier court date, the cooperation you get from the other party to the case, and the availability of a suitable date. It is important to note that you are not guaranteed to get your court date expedited as the court may grant or deny your request.

1 Visit the court

Visit the court where your case is being tried to look at the court calendar or docket for suitable dates. Many dockets cab also be viewed online through your county or state court website.

2 Inform the other party

Inform the other party about your intention to have the case on an earlier date. Negotiate with the other party if she is hesitant by explaining to her the reason why you need to get a court date faster.

3 Contact

Contact or visit the clerk of the court where your case is being heard. Ask him for a form to fill in your request to advance your court date. Fill in your name, contact information and case number.

4 Write in the court

Write in the court form the reason why you want your court date advanced. If the other party has agreed to move the court date forward, indicate this in the petition and propose the new date. If the other party does not agree, ask the court to grant you an early court hearing by providing a reasonable explanation of why it is needed.

5 Sign and submit the petition

Sign and submit the petition to the court clerk. Wait for a response from the court either granting or denying your request.

  • Read the court procedures about changing court dates in your state or county. Obtain this information from your county court website.

Nelson Reed started writing professionally in 2007. He has contributed to several publications including "The Daily Mirror." Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass media and journalism from Winchester, University, England. He also holds a master's degree in international media relations from City University, London.