small claims court
what happens if a defendant in a dispute before the small claims court doesn't appear at the hearing?What happens if the plaintiff does not appear?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: small claims court
If the defendant doesn't appear and has been given proper notice of the hearing in small claims court, the judge will likely enter a default judgement against the defendant.
Whereas, if the plaintiff fails to appear without good excuse offered, the judge will very likely simply dismiss the matter.