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We used the high court.
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That sounds like a Notice of Bar, which would suggest that he entered an appearance to defend. A notice of bar is a notice to call upon him to plea.
If he has entered an appearance to defend, it would mean that the matter will now proceed to trial, unless you are able to settle the matter.
The court does not care when a notice of intention has been filed, only that it is done before the court makes a default judgment.
If by defence you mean "plea", then yes. However, if he has filed a notice of intention to defend, but he did not follow it up with a plea within 20 days, you will file a notice of bar and if he does not file a plea within 5 days of receiving the notice of bar, he will be barred from doing so, which means you can set it down. If, however, he does file a plea, then there is a couple more processes to go through before you can set it down.