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Orders and judgments in civil cases


In civil cases, a court can make an order or a judgment, or both. An order is usually made during the case ordering a party to file or serve documents or do other things.

A judgment is the order a magistrate or assessor makes when deciding the case.  

A default judgment can be given in cases where there is no defence filed.  

After a judgment or default judgment is made, the amount to be paid is due immediately. If a defendant does not pay, the judgment amount can be enforced.

Read more information about enforcing a judgment.

If a default judgment has been entered and a defendant wants to file a defence, they can apply to have the default judgment set aside. This is done by filing a notice of motion. You should get legal advice about your defence and what to include in the notice of motion.


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