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DearCustomer- This usually refers to the plaintiff not appearing and not the defendant. If you fail to appear and the plaintiff does appear then the plaintiff can obtain a default judgment against you. If the plaintiff fails to show then the court will dismiss for "want of prosecution" meaning the plaintiff failed to pursue the case.
I would advise you to appear and protect your rights in the case. If you are required to file a written answer within a specified time I would do that also.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law
I understand but if you don't show there will be a judgment for sure. You might as well try to defend yourself or at least get some settlement agreement. If you can't pay all they can do is try to collect. This is not a crime so you can't be punished in any way.
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