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  • Defendant Instructions - Small Claims

    Step 1: OBTAIN THE ANSWER FORM

    The Answer form can be printed on-line or obtained at the courthouse. You have twenty (20) days to file an answer to the complaint once it has been served. If you are served by certified mail, the twenty (20) days begins when you sign the green certified mail postcard. If the date on the green certified mail postcard is missing or illegible, the time begins when the plaintiff files the return receipt with the court.

    If you do not answer and pay the answer fee within the 20-day time period, the plaintiff may file for a judgment by default. If you fail to answer the judgment by default summons in 10 (ten) business days, the plaintiff may win the small claims case by default.

    Step 2: COMPLETE THE CAPTION

    Fill out the Plaintiff's name, address, and phone number, as well as the your name, address and phone number.

    Step 3:  COMPLETE ITEMS 1 and 2 ON THE ANSWER FORM AND SIGN AND DATE THE FORM WHERE NOTED.

    Step 4:  CERTIFICATE OF MAILING

    You are required to mail a copy of the Answer to the Plaintiff at the address listed on the Complaint.  Sign and Date the Certification at the bottom of the form.

    Step 5:  FILE A COPY OF YOUR ANSWER WITH THE COURT. 

    The fee for filing the answer is $14.00 payable by cash, personal check, cashier's check, VISA or MasterCard.

    Step 6: FILE COUNTER-CLAIM (if applicable)

    If you have a claim for money against the plaintiff, you may file a counterclaim at the same time as you file your answer. Counterclaim forms are also available at the court. There is no fee to file a counterclaim.
    • Complete the Caption entering the name/address/phone number for you and the Plaintiff.
    • Complete items 1 and 2 on the complaint form.  The dollar amount of the claim may include court costs.
    • Date and Sign the form
    • Complete the Certificate of Mailing.

    Mail a copy of the answer and/or counterclaim by first class mail to the plaintiff.

    Keep a copy for your records.

    The plaintiff must file a written reply to the counterclaim within twenty (20) days. If the plaintiff does not file an answer, judgment by default may be entered against the plaintiff.

    If you respond and the case proceeds to hearing, the court will assign the case a hearing date. The hearing date will be held within sixty (60) days of your response.

    Note: If the plaintiff settles after you have filed an answer to the complaint, you both must sign the dismissal form.
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