A good one is to immediately request a new court date because you are seeking legal advice
and your lawyer is away on holidays (even if you don’t have one and are planning
to represent yourself).
If still not ready when the new date comes around call in sick the day before –
that will get you another rescheduling.
On the day of your hearing, you can tell the Mag you are not ready to proceed IF
the prosecution have not complied with your Discovery request &/or your request
for further and better particulars, because you have decided to self represent
and need those details to defend yourself against their claims.