555. Power to adjourn proceedings for possession.

Apart from the power of adjournment in the absence of a witness1 or where a dwelling house is involved2, the court has no general jurisdiction to stand an undefended claim for possession over, whether on terms of making payments or paying arrears, unless the mortgagee agrees: it is not in principle legitimate for the court to order an adjournment designed to achieve a result which the law in force at the date of the hearing would not permit3. An adjournment may be ordered for a short time to afford the mortgagor a chance of paying off the mortgage in