Requests for continuance of a pretrial conference or trial must be requested by written motion filed no later than two business days before the pretrial conference. The motion must set forth (1) why the parties seek a continuance; (2) whether a continuance has previously been granted; (3) whether the client and opposing party consent to a continuance; and (3) the status of the litigation, including exchange of initial disclosures and status of discovery. The moving party shall submit a proposed order which provides blank spaces for the date and time of the rescheduled trial or pretrial conference in the event that the court grants the motion without hearing. Motions for continuance will be granted only under exceptional circumstances, and the stipulation of all parties is not sufficient grounds, standing alone, for a continuance.
[Comment: Compare Local Rule 5071-1 (continuances of hearings), and Local Rule 9013-1(C)(8) (no hearing necessary on motion for continuance).]