It doesn't cost the PGC anymore to continue to send officers to trial, they get paid the same. Where it does matter is with witnesses who tire of taking time off of work or who have been spoken to by their employer about taking time off, only to have the trial continued. If the state has a strong case they will nt be in a hurry to accept a plea bargin for this kind of case. If the court does not allow continuances when requested they risk an appeal of convictions on grounds that they didn't have time to prepare, that coupled with the distance the defendants are from PA causes the courts to be a little more liberal in granting continuances. However, there will come a time when the court will say, this is the date and time, be here.