If the defendant has not responded to a Notice of Claim within the required time limit, the claimant can ask the court for a default order. This means the court will give the claimant an order for what they want without the defendant getting to defend themselves. A default order can also be granted if the defendant does not attend a mandatory court process like the settlement conference or trial. If the claim is for anything other than a specific amount of debt, you will need to appear before a judge at a hearing. You must give evidence of your claim at the hearing to convince the judge that a default order should be made.
Steps for Default Order
- Wait for filing time limit to pass: Defendants in BC have 14 days to file a Reply
- Confirm the defendant failed to file a Reply: Ask the registry
- File a completed Certificate of Service Form and an Application for Default Order Form
- Pay the filing fees
- Hear back from court: They will either grant your order or schedule a hearing before a judge where you will present your case. The judge will decide to grant your order or not
If you are scheduled for a hearing, at least 2 business days before the hearing you must file at the registry all documents you intend to rely on at the hearing with a supporting materials cover sheet (Form 39).
Remember to file the application at the same court registry where you filed the Notice of Claim, Counterclaim, or Third Party Notice.
The defendant can also ask for a default order if the claimant does not respond to a counterclaim or a third party does not respond to a Third Party Notice, but a judge will have to decide whether or not to grant it.
If a Party Does Not Show up to a Court Date
If you are the defendant and you do not attend court on the date of your settlement conference, trial, or other court process the judge may accept the claim against you by default and a payment order may be made against you. If you are the claimant and you don’t attend court your claim may be dismissed.