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I mistakenly missed my court date. I now have a judgement

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I mistakenly missed my court date. I now have a judgement for $6000 against me. I had a very good defence. Is there any chance of getting this case reopened?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  socrateaser replied 7 years ago.

Unless you can show "excusable neglect," which means something like you were hit by a car and unconscious in the hospital, then I'm afraid you have had your opportunity for due pocess, and your only recourse is to try to negotiate payments or a settlement with the creditor -- or, file for bankruptcy protection.


Hope this helps.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Would the fact that I made a mistake and thought the court date was thursday when it was actually tuesday possibly be excusable neglect?
Expert:  socrateaser replied 7 years ago.

Not in any court I've ever been in. It need to be a serious. problem where no reasonable person would have been able to appear at the hearing.


I'd love to give you some air-tight excuse that would work, but your facts just don't provide anything useful to work with.


Please don't shoot the messenger, but you'll just have to move on to the next set of options.

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