What happens on the day of the trial?

When both parties appear, the judge listens to both sides of the story and renders a decision. If the defendant does not appear, the court may grant a default judgment. If the plaintiff does not appear and the defendant does, the court may dismiss the case or grant judgment to the defendant.

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1. What is Small Claims Court?
2. Is a lawyer required?
3. How big is a small claim?
4. What is a counterclaim?
5. What does it cost and where can I file?
6. How is a Small Claim case filed?
7. What kinds of cases are heard?
8. What happens on the day of the trial?
9. What do I need to bring as evidence to prove my case?