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What happens if the other party does not show up for the court hearing?

  • If the plaintiff fails to appear for the hearing, but the defendant appears, the claim may be dismissed with prejudice, meaning the plaintiff may not refile the same claim.
  • If the plaintiff appears for the hearing, but the defendant does not, the court may enter a default judgment against the defendant.
  • If both parties fail to appear at the time of the hearing, the claim may be dismissed without prejudice, meaning the plaintiff may be able to refile the claim upon paying another filing fee.

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