How To Change Your Small Claims Court Date

Learn what you can do if you need to change the date of your small claims hearing.


Overview

If you need to change your small claims hearing date, do not send a letter to the judge or court. Instead, you should file a motion with the court to request that your hearing be continued to a future date. You should file your motion as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the court does not have to change your hearing date.


Q&A – Small Claims Continuances


How do I change my court date if my small claims case is in the Las Vegas Justice Court?

If your case is filed in the Las Vegas Justice Court, you must prepare and file a Motion to Continue. You can download a Motion to Continue form for the Las Vegas Justice Court by clicking to visit the Las Vegas Justice Court Small Claims Forms page. The motion is also available, free of charge, at the Self-Help Center, or you can link to it by clicking underneath the form’s title below:

LAS VEGAS MOTION TO CONTINUE
PDF FILLABLE | PDF NONFILLABLE

Your motion should be typed and printed out or neatly handwritten. After you complete it, you must electronically file your motion with the Las Vegas Justice Court. For more information about preparing and filing your motion, click to visit Basics of Court Forms and Filing.

TIP! The Las Vegas Justice Court has its own unique procedures for small claims cases and for filing documents. For more information about the court’s requirements, click to visit the Las Vegas Justice Court Small Claims page.

How do I change my court date if my case is in Henderson, North Las Vegas, or one of the other small claims courts?

If your small claims case was filed in one of the other justice courts in Clark County (Henderson or North Las Vegas, for example), you must file a Motion for Small Claims Continuance. The motion for those courts is available, free of charge, at the Civil Law Self-Help Center, or you can download the form on your computer by clicking one of the listed formats underneath the form's title below:

MOTION FOR SMALL CLAIMS CONTINUANCE  
WORD FILLABLE | PDF NONFILLABLE  

Your motion should be typed and printed out or neatly handwritten. After it is completed, you must take the original and at least one copy to the court clerk to be filed. For more information about preparing and filing your motion, click to visit Basics of Court Forms and Filing.

What happens after I file my request to change my court date?

When you file your motion to change the hearing date, check with the court clerk to verify how you and the other side will be notified if the court grants (or denies) your request to continue the hearing. You can monitor your case by checking its status on-line. Click to visit Look Up My Case.

If the court denies your request, you will need to do whatever is necessary to attend the hearing. Remember that if you fail to attend, the judge could dismiss your case or enter a money judgment against you.