What should I do on my court date?
Check in with the Clerk's Office or Bailiff at the time indicated and wait for your case to be called. Your case will be heard before a magistrate. Plaintiff, defendant and all witnesses will be sworn in, and each person will be given time to tell his or her side of the story.

Civil cases are normally heard in Courtroom No. 3 on the 3rd floor of the City Building.

Be on time: The court will not wait if you are late, and your case will be dismissed or a default judgment may be entered for the opposing party.

Do not interrupt: You will be given time to tell your side of the story and to respond to the other party's testimony. Do not interrupt to talk to your witness while the other party is speaking.

Be brief and to the point: Be prepared for your court appearance. Arrange your evidence so that it can be presented with your testimony. Try to make it a short, organized presentation of the facts.

Show respect for the court: When addressing the magistrate use "Your Honor."

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1. How do I file a claim?
2. If I have a claim filed against me, how will I be notified?
3. What are my responsibilities as a plaintiff?
4. What does it mean when I have received a summons?
5. How do I file a counterclaim or cross claim?
6. How is a trial date set up?
7. What happens if I want a continuance?
8. What should I bring to a trial?
9. What should I do on my court date?
10. What if I fail to appear in court?
11. How do I find out about the court’s decision?
12. How should I collect the judgment?
13. What is a judgment lien?
14. How do I find property to garnish or attach?
15. How can I get help enforcing the judgment from the court?
16. What can I do if the debtors refuse to pay?