General Rule 17
A. Continuances shall be granted only upon a showing of good cause. Motions for continuance must be filed in a timely manner. Stipulations for a continuance shall not be effective unless and until approved by the administrative law judge.
B. Good cause may include but is not limited to: death or incapacitation of a party or an attorney for a party; a court order staying proceedings or otherwise necessitating a continuance; entry or substitution of an attorney for a party a reasonable time prior to the hearing, if the entry or substitution reasonably requires a postponement of the hearing; a change in the parties or pleadings sufficiently significant to require a postponement; a showing that more time is clearly necessary to complete authorized discovery or other mandatory preparation for the hearing; or agreement of the parties to a settlement of the case which has been or will likely be approved by the final decision maker.
C. Good cause normally will not include the following: unavailability of counsel because of engagement in another judicial or administrative proceeding, unless the other proceeding was involuntarily set subsequent to the setting in the present case; unavailability of a necessary witness, if the witness¿s testimony can be taken by telephone or by deposition; or failure of an attorney or a party timely to prepare for the hearing.