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IS THE SC-135 FORM IN CALIFORNIA ALL I NEED TO FILE FOR VACATING A DEFAULT JUDGMENT?

South Pasadena, CA |
Filed under: Civil motions

I was told I needed to file a declaration, with an answer or repsonse to the original complaint in addition to a motion to set aside and vacate default judgment. Is the SC-135 form alll I need to file if it is a limited civil action? Are there other forms needed to be filed or is this sufficient?

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  1. Best answer

    Yes, if this is a small claims court judgment (and not a limited jurisdiction superior court judgment).

    Keep in mind that you must file this motion no later than 30 days from the date the court clerk mailed you the Notice of Entry of Judgment.

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  2. This form is only for small claims cases.


  3. A motion to set aside a default judgment, with a supporting declaration, will be required in a limited civil action. The form you are referring to is a small claims form.

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