Procedure after the application is filed
Once a court record has been opened for your case, the courthouse sends a copy of the application to the defendant with information on the options available to the defendant.
The defendant has 20 days to indicate which option he or she has chosen.
The defendant’s options are to:
- pay the amount claimed or perform the action requested;
- offer a settlement;
- defend on the merits. Using this option, the defendant can also:
Judgment by default
If the defendant fails to indicate an option to the clerk within 20 days, a judgement may be rendered against the defendant without further notice.
Defence on the merits
If the defendant chooses to defend the case on the merits, you will receive a copy of the defendant’s defence. Both parties will then receive a notice of hearing requiring them to attend court at the place and time indicated.
The time needed to obtain a hearing may vary, depending on the judicial district concerned.
If you wish to add exhibits to the record or have other witnesses called, you must do so at least 21 days before the date of the hearing.
Calculation of the time limit
The time limit is not calculated in working days (Monday to Friday), but in calendar days (Sunday to Saturday). However, if the time limit ends on a Saturday or a holiday, it is extended until the next following working day.