This chapter is devoted to the concerns of small claims defendants. A lot of this material has been discussed already from the plaintiff's perspective. This chapter gives an overview of a small claims case from the point of view of the defendant–the person beingsued.
A response may be required. In some states, the defendant is required to make a written response to the plaintiff's claim to avoid having a default judgment entered. The deadline for submitting the response differs from state to state. Check the Appendix for your state's rules.