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What is expected at trial

1.  The parties are not required to be represented by an attorney, although, it is up to the parties to hire an attorney. 

2.  You could bring witnesses and other documentation to prove your claim. 

3.  A) If the defendant fails to appear at the trial, the judge shall issue a default judgment against the defendant.

     B) If the plaintiff fails to appear, the court shall issue a dismissal of the case (except for interpleader cases).

     C) If the plaintiff fails to appear, and there is a counter affidavit filed, the court shall grant a judgment in favor of the defendant in the amount not exceeding in the counter affidavit. 

     E) Either party may appeal a Small Claims judgment within 30 days after the date of dismissal or judgment. If there is a default judgment, the non-appearing party can also file a motion to set aside the default judgment within 15 days from the date of dismissal or default judgment.


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