What recourse does a plaitiff have if a defendant does not show up to court? 3 Answers as of January 14, 2011

If a defendant does not show up for civil court, after requesting that he be served properly while in civil court at an early date, and is served two days prior to the newly set civil court date, what recourse does the plaintiff and judge of civil court have?

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Smith & John
Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
I assume you are talking about a default judgment. If the defendant does not appear, then move for a default judgment.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 1/14/2011
The Law Offices of Stephen M. Wiles, LLC
The Law Offices of Stephen M. Wiles, LLC | Stephen M. Wiles
It depends on the nature of the hearing.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 1/14/2011
Bloom Legal, LLC
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
The judge will most likely hold the defendant in contempt of court and may possibly issue a bench warrant for their arrest. In this type of situation it may be possible for the plaintiff to file a motion for summary judgment in order to request the judge to enter a judgment against the defendant immediately as a result of their failure to appear in court.

The best option is to consult an attorney with experience in the field that pertains to your case. Our firm handles a certain amount of civil litigation and if you are seeking representation in the state of Louisiana, we invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 1/14/2011
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