What happens after a claim is filed?

Once you have filed your claim, a hearing date will be set for you. Then, a summons, along with a copy of your petition, will be served by the Sheriff's Department to the person being sued.

If the defendant in your case cannot be located, you should contact the court for a continuance to give you more time to find a good address for the defendant. It is your responsibility to contact the Clerk before each court date with a new address or whatever information you may have so that the person(s) can be found.

If you settle the case before the hearing date, notify the court at once so that the case can be dismissed.

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1. What is Small Claims Court?
2. What is required to file a case in Small Claims Court?
3. Who can be sued in Small Claims Court?
4. How do I file a claim?
5. What happens after a claim is filed?
6. What should I expect from my day in court?
7. If I win my case, how do I collect the money/property?
8. How do I appeal a case?
9. What do I do if I'm being sued in Small Claims Court?
10. What legal choices are open to me besides Small Claims Court?