What if the Defendant Opposes my Claim?
The defendant may file a Reply to a Claim that disputes all or part of the claim you filed. They might even decide to sue you – this is called a counterclaim. The court registry will send you a copy of the Reply. In addition, the registry will notify you that a date has been set for the next step in the court process.
What if I Receive a Counterclaim?
If you receive a counterclaim, the defendant is now suing you. The court registry will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply to your claim. If it includes a counterclaim, you must provide a reply by completing the Reply to a Claim form. The process you follow will be the same one that the defendant followed to reply to your claim. See Reply.
You have the following options:
- Pay the amount of the counterclaim directly to the defendant and ask the defendant to withdraw the counterclaim
- Complete a Reply to a Claim form and file it with the court
- Admit all or part of the counterclaim and explain why
- Admit all or part of the counterclaim and propose a payment schedule
- Oppose all or part of the counterclaim and explain why
The claim and counterclaim will be handled by the court at the same time.
To reply to a counterclaim you fill out the Reply form according to the instructions and file within 14 days of being served with the counterclaim.