Small Claims Information

Answering a Small Claims Complaint

After receiving the summons and complaint, the defendant has 20 days to file an answer with the court.  If the defendant fails to file an answer within 20 days, the plaintiff may initiate default proceedings.  If the defendant is served out of state they have 30 days to file an answer.

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