Let’s say you know someone who is a defendant in a civil lawsuit representing himself.
Let’s also say this individual has done a few things that, you know, has made his situation VERY difficult during the preliminary stages of the lawsuit.
The primary reason this certain someone has caused himself to be put in a box is due to him ignoring the guidance of the court in reading and understanding the rules of civil procedure.
What do you suppose happens, if say, a certain someone decides he doesn’t want to follow the rules?
A default judgment is a ruling granted by a court or judge. Default judgments arise in circumstances whereby one party to a suit has failed to perform a court-ordered action, and subsequently that failure has not only prevented the issue from being presented before the court but also results in the court settling the legal dispute in favor of the compliant party. For example, when a defendant is summoned to appear before the court in a case brought by a plaintiff, but fails to respond to the court’s legal order, the judge can rule for default judgment and thereby decide the case in the plaintiff’s favor. The defendant, though not present before the court, is obligated to abide by the court’s ruling for default judgment and subject to any and all punishment requested by the court.
Do we know anyone who might be thinking this is a good strategy as a defendant?