Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
Go over to the courthouse and ask a clerk in county court (small claims division) to check for you. While you should be personally served by a deputy or a process server, they can serve you by mail if they allege you're concealing your whereabouts. If you have lived at the same address and work at the same place for the last 6 or more months, if they get a judgment against you, you can probably get it declared void, if you can prove you never concealed your whereabouts.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
Most courts have a website that allows you to search cases by a party's name. Some charge for this, and some do not. You might call the court in the County you reside to see if they include small claims cases. In Los Angeles County they do. If you go to any court in the County, you can look online on their computer for free. You might even try calling the small claims clerk to see if they will look it up for you. You might get lucky and find a nice clerk that will actually do it on the phone but don't hold your breath on that one. If the case went forward without you being present, and a judgment was rendered against you, the court gives you 30 days to appeal. An appealed small claims case takes place in Superior Court. Either side may have an attorney represent them at that hearing and the case takes place as if it never happened before. So anything that happened or that was said at the small claims hearing, whether you were there or not, is completely irrelevant as the case starts afresh before the new judge (it will not be the same judge).
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr. | John C. Farrell, Jr.
With any lawsuit before a judgment enters the defendant needs to be served and then given the opportunity to be heard.The methods of service for small claims court are a bit more relaxed but you still should receive notification of the lawsuit.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Cary J. Wintroub & Associates | Cary J. Wintroub
Assuming this is a Cook County matter you may get the answer by going to the Clerk's website and or visiting one of the court houses where you can run a search of your name and or the party bringing the action.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
Basic civil procedure requires notice and an opportunity to be heard. The Washington Courts website has a search index where you can see if your name appears on any cases. (http://dw.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.home). "Small claims" actions should show up as District Court cases. If a judgment gets entered against you without your knowing about it, it can be grounds to have the judgment vacated.
Answer Applies to: Washington