If I missed the court date assigned to claim restitution for the damages to my vehicle, can I reschedule?

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If I missed the court date assigned to claim restitution for the damages to my vehicle, can I reschedule?

Or do I have to make a civil suit at this point?

Asked on May 9, 2014 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If the hearing was in fact held on that date, then you most likely would have to bring your own civil suit seeking damages. Typically, missing a court date means you miss out on the relief available that day. That said, there is no harm in contacting the court, explaining the situation (and hopefully having a *very* good excuse your absence--such as your or a loved one's hospitalization) and asking what the procedure is and whether the hearing could be re-scheduled, and how.


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