I lost a small claims
case for $7,000. I have a small pension of $565, and work as an independent contractor part time. I have severe arthritis in both knees and also restless leg syndrome which requires me to take medication that creates a sleepy effect. This case involved a former coworker who lent me the money but due to a layoff I could not pay her, so she took me to court. Before I even had a chance to speak the plantiff stated I had a job.
I said yes, as an independent contractor and there was no steady paycheck. I made about $400 the previous month.
The magistrate proceeded to berate me and say I should be giving her any extra money that comes into my pocket to the plantiff. He said I could live off my mother and brother.
He need saying the next time we were in court I was to have paid the plantiff "a substantial" amount, he did not specify.
A month later I received a document from the court stating I would have to pay the plantiff $50 a month by the first of the month. The paper work said I would have to pay by the first of June but was dated June 3. I have paid her the $50 and it may have reached her on the 3rd of the month. But was dated the 31st usually if not sooner.
I have to now go back to court and I wonder why. It says for financial assessment.
Since the magistrate clearly is prejudicial toward me I am a bit worried as to what may happen.
I have no monies and my meds have increased, yet I do not wish to detail in open court my health issues.
So, what is my best defense. It is not that I wish to cheat ths woman out of her money, it is just I cannot fathom what the magistrate will do, he called me names, harassed me, up yelled at me to get me to say I would sign over my pension and I would not.
I am going to file an ethic complaint on him that I am sure will do no good but it will be documented of his unprofessional demeanor. There were lawyers in the courtroom all hanging with their mouths open with this guys loss of control
I live in Massachusetts