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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. I’m very sorry to hear about your situation. Usually, a copy of the judgment to you In the mail. This depends heavily on when the Judgment was made. Depending on your county, it may come to you within about 1 to 2 weeks. There may not be a reason for it that they list, but chances are there will be. In a small claims judgement, the court will usually fill out a form that they sent the parties that were involved when they make an order. So, it is likely that you will not see the reason why it was dismissed until the document reaches your home. You could have been dismissed because of improper service, it could have been dismissed because of a statute of limitations issue, could have been dismissed because it was in the wrong Court. There could be a number of reasons, but you may have to wait. One of the things that you may want to do is go down to the small claims division of your local Superior Court and ask for a copy of the order. You may have to pay a small fee for it, but you won't have to wait until it is mailed to your home.
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That's correct. Do you know if they dismissed the action with or without prejudice?
Ok, what is most important is that you find out if it was dismissed with or without prejudice. Without prejudice means that you can refile your case in the same court for the same matter and get your day in court. If it was dismissed with prejudice then that means you won't be able to go back and file an action. The clerk should be able to tell you if this is the case and if they can't, then the court will send you a copy of the judgement.
Yeah, that's the worst part because you shouldn't need a lawyer, but you may still be able to get your day in court:-)