RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

III. RIGHTS OF PARTIES

RULE 8. SPEEDY TRIAL

Rule 8.5. Continuances

Form of Motion. A continuance of a trial may be granted on the motion of a party. Any motion must be in writing and state with specificity the reason(s) justifying the continuance.

Grounds for Motion. A continuance of any trial date shall be granted only upon a showing that extraordinary circumstances exist and that delay is indispensable to the interests of justice. A continuance may be granted only for so long as is necessary to serve the interests of justice. In ruling on a motion for continuance, the court shall consider the rights of the defendant and any victim to a speedy disposition of the case. If a continuance is granted, the court shall state the specific reasons for the continuance on the record.

Other Continuances. No further continuances shall be granted except as provided in Rules 8.1(e), 8.2(e) and 8.4(c).