Thank you for your follow-up. The decision that the judge made does appear to be legitimate under law. You have the option at this time to file a 'motion for reconsideration' and request review, and then appeal on the basis that the judge erred in not allowing your answer to be entered, which consequently created a default judgment. I must be honest and state that while you can file this appeal, it is not likely to work unless you can show some sort of bias on part of the judge, or a history that while he allowed past late filings to appear, he did not so allow for yours. As a judge has some flexibility in terms of deadline forms, this is potentially the best argument you have although I would estimate your chances in getting this overturned at around 15% or so.
I am sorry!
Thank you for your follow-up, Richard.
This judgment can be appealed to the court of appeals. The plaintiff typically has to wait 30 days until the appeals period runs out before starting collections although he could send letters right away. The courts would typically not grant actual domestication orders until the appeal period ends up running out, however.
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