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What if the defendant does not file an answer on time?

If the defendant fails to answer and the clerk of court determines proper notice was given to the defendant, the clerk of court or a judge may enter a default judgment against the defendant if the plaintiff’s damages are clearly identified. If the plaintiff’s damages are not clearly identified, only a judge can enter a default judgment against defendant.

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