Judicial officers have the discretion to adjourn a case on the grounds that this is necessary or expedient. A case can be adjourned at any stage of the trial, whether or not evidence has been given. The period of adjournment must not exceed fourteen days unless X consents to a longer period. A case may be adjourned more than once for sufficient cause: s 166  CPEA.
If the defence requests an adjournment, it must obviously have sound grounds for doing so.