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What do I do when I arrive at court?

On your court date, allow enough time to arrive at the courtroom early. Look for your name on the court calendar posted outside the courtroom. Check with the small claims clerk if you do not see your name on the list or if the list is not posted.


The judge, court clerk or bailiff will explain what will happen and call roll to find out who is present for their hearing. You and parties to other cases will be asked to take an oath to tell the truth.


Note:

The first cases heard may be those for which the defendant is not present because they will usually take less time. Cases may not be heard in the order listed on the court calendar so you should remain in the courtroom until your case is called.

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Serving Notice of my case to the defendant
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Collecting a Judgment
Paying a Judgment
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