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Q. Do I have to call on my court date to speak with a City Attorney?
A. Yes. You must call the City Attorney within five (5) minutes of your hearing time or your request to reopen will be denied and there will be no change in the status of your case.
Q. What happens at the hearing?
A. First, you negotiate with your opponent, the City Attorney. If you reach an agreement, it will be written down and submitted to the judge. The judge does not have to approve the agreement, but usually does. If you do not reach an agreement, a telephone hearing with the Judge will be scheduled. At that hearing the Judge will hear from both sides and decide whether or not to reopen the case. If the judge does not allow the reopening, the original judgment will stay in place. If the judge allows the reopening, you will get notice for a trial date. The hearing to reopen is not a trial date.
Q. Can the court appoint a lawyer to represent me at the reopening hearing?
A. This is not a criminal case, so the court cannot appoint a lawyer to represent you. However, you may hire an attorney to represent you if you wish.
Q. What if my address changes?
A. You must notify the court in writing within 5 days of any change of address during the pendency of the case.
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