If the claimant does not appear in court when the case is called, the case will be dismissed. If the defendant does not appear, the court will hold an “inquest” (hearing). That means that the claimant will go before the judge or arbitrator to present evidence to prove his or her case without the defendant presenting any evidence. If the claimant’s case is proved, a “default” judgment will be awarded against the defendant.
If a default judgment is granted because the defendant did not appear, or the case is dismissed because the claimant did not appear, the losing party may ask the court to re-open the case and restore it for a hearing/trial upon a showing of good cause. On the return date, the judge will decide whether to re-open the case. However, both sides should be prepared to proceed in the event the case is re-opened.
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