Instructions to the Defendant

1. TRIAL: You have had a lawsuit filed against you. If you wish to contest the plaintiff's claim, you must appear at trial on the appointed day. If you fail to appear at trial, judgement may be entered against you for the amount requested.

2. PAYMENT: If you do not dispute the claim, make arrangements with plaintiff to pay the claim and court costs. If the plaintiff obtains judgement and pursues collection through the court, additional court costs and interest may be charged to you.

3. COUNTER AFFIDAVIT: If the plaintiff owes you money, you may file a Counter Affidavit on a form provided by the clerk. you must file the Counter Affidavit and pay the proper fee of $50.00 for claims $2,000 or less, $70.00 for claims of $2,001 to $7,500, $120.00 for claims of $7,500 to $11,000) at least 15 calendar days prior to the trial date. The Court Clerk will mail you a copy of the Counter Affidavit to the plaintiff. If you intend to file a Counter Affidavit, many of the Instructions to the Plaintiff will apply to you.