If I’m being sued by a credit card company, am I required to show up at any or all pre-trial hearings?

UPDATED: Jan 4, 2012

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If I’m being sued by a credit card company, am I required to show up at any or all pre-trial hearings?

There is a hearing to “set schedule, without oral argument”. I received no notice to appear but a copy of the hearing filing. Do I need to attend that hearing?

Asked on January 4, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Washington


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you have been sued by a credit card company for an unpaid obligation and assuming you do not have legal counsel representing you, you are required under state and local rules to attend all hearing dates with respect to the matter against you.

If you fail to attend, you very well could be subject to an order to show cause for contempt of a standing court order or face the possibility that your answer to the complaint could be stricken where a default and default judgment could be entered against you. I would make sure that you timely appear at all court proceedings regarding your matter.

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