WHAT SHOULD I DO ON THE DAY OF MY HEARING?

On the day of your hearing, you should arrive at the courthouse at least 15 minutes before the Small Claims Court session begins. When you arrive at the courthouse, look for a Small Claims Court calendar or for a clerk or court officer to assist you. Usually, the calendar is posted outside the courtroom. Your case will be listed by your last name and by the last name of the defendant. If your case is not listed on the Small Claims Court calendar, or if a calendar is not posted outside the courtroom, speak to the court clerk; if there is no clerk present, speak to the judge. In some courts, the clerk may check names as people arrive; in others, you must wait until the case is called.

If a claimant does not arrive at the courthouse on time, the claimant’s case may be dismissed. If the defendant does not arrive at the courthouse on time, the judge may hear and decide the case based only on evidence provided by the claimant (a default judgment).

Court rules require that the judge wait at least one hour before holding a hearing or entering a judgment in favor of the claimant.

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