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What happens after I file an answer?

Produced by Mariah Jennings-Rampsi, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, with funding from American College of Bankruptcy
Reviewed December 2019

After you file an answer with the court

  • The court clerk will give or mail you a court date for you and the plaintiff to come back to court.
    • This will probably be for a Case Management Conference or a Pre-Trial Hearing. 
    • If you do not get a date 30 days after you have filed your answer, call the clerk's office at your court. Ask them for the date. 
  • If you or the plaintff filed a Motion, you will probably go back to court sooner.  Look for a "Hearing Date" listed in any motion you get.

If your case is in small claims court

Go to court on the date in the summons.

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