Thank you for understanding, Mark,
Judges are notoriously lazy. Whenever a litigant files a Motion or Petition, they must include a proposed Order for the Judge to sign. It should have been among the sample Petitions in the Forms books I referred to in one of my previous Answers.
It has the name of the Court at the top, case caption on the left, case number XXXXX the right, then center the word "ORDER"
Then, the language of the Order should be as follows,
AND NOW, to wit, this ______ day of July, 2013, upon consideration of the within Petition to Open Default Judgment of Petitioners _______, _______ etc., and the within Answer attached thereto as Exhibit "A", it is hereby,
Ordered, adjudged and decreed that said Default Judgment be, and is hereby opened and vacated; and it is further
Ordered, adjudged and decreed that a copy of this Order be served upon Plaintifii ____________ forthwith; and it is hereby further
Ordered, adjudged and decreed that Petitioners serve the within Answer on Plaintiff within _______ days of the date hereof
Then in the lower right area of the Order, type in,
By the Court:
and directly under that, put in a signature line for the Judge to sign his name and at the end of the signature line and under the line, type in J. (for Judge)
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