Click here for information on how to file your complaint. You must fill out the Summons, Complaint and Civil Case Cover sheet forms and file them at the Civil Business Office. The court retains the original complaint, and a copy is served on each defendant along with a copy of the summons. You may fill out Unlawful Detainer forms online by visiting www.turbocourt.com.
Please refer to the current fee schedule for Unlawful Detainer fees.
4. Who is responsible for notifying the defendant of the complaint?
It is the landlord's responsibility to make sure the tenant/defendant is notified about the lawsuit. The legal method of notification is known as "service of process," which means giving the defendant a copy of the summons and complaint. You cannot do this yourself. Here are some individuals who can serve the defendant:
A registered process server, or
Any person over the age of 18, not a party to the action
Generally, there is a fee for this service. To find out more about this topic, visit our Proof of Service page.
6. What should I do if the other party fails to respond within the allowed number of days?
If the defendant has not answered the complaint within the allowed number of days, you may proceed to have a default judgment entered. If you wish to obtain possession of the premises as soon as possible, you should file the following forms with the court:
The clerk will enter the judgment and issue the Writ of Execution with a fee. You must either take the Writ of Execution and Sheriff's Instructions for Process of Writ form to the Sheriff's Department with a fee for service, or the clerk can forward the documents to the Sheriff's Department.
7. I won the judgement. Now, how and when do I recover the money?
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