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If a mail summons cannot be delivered, plaintiff will be notified of this failure. If plaintiff desires another mail service at a new address, there is an additional charge of $20.
Remember, plaintiff is responsible for supplying defendant's correct address and telephone number.
Both the claim and counterclaim will be heard by the court at the same time. There is a $40 charge for filing a counterclaim plus $10 for each additional service.
If you have a claim against another party (not the plaintiff) you may need to file a cross claim. The procedure is similar to filing a counter claim.
The people who should testify are those who actually participated in the events causing the dispute. Witnesses are essential to confirm your testimony or to relate relevant events that occurred when you were not present. If a witness will not appear voluntarily, you may subpoena him through the Clerk's Office. The cost and procedure will be explained to you by the deputy clerk.
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."
It is possible that your judgment is not collectable. Although the court can assist you within limits in enforcing your judgment, it cannot make the judgment debtor pay something he or she does not have.