I know it’s scary being on the receiving end of a lawsuit, I’ve been there.
When you are served by the sheriff or process server there should be 2 documents:
- Summons (instructions on what to do next)
- Complaint (the lawsuit)
- Most people think it’s a court date (it’s not)
- Appearance Date is the same thing as a Return Date
- Appearance Date is a deadline to file a form called an Appearance with the clerk of court
- When you or an attorney files an Appearance they can also file a Jury Demand. At CCLC we always file jury demands.
- An Appearance Fee is required to file an Appearance unless you qualify for a fee waiver
- The Appearance basically tells the judge “Hey, I’m here, don’t enter a default judgment against me!”
Filing an Appearance and Jury Demand properly and on or BEFORE the Appearance Date is VERY IMPORTANT, it will determine the course of your case. Once the Appearance and Jury Demand is on file you can avoid a default judgment for now.