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I would call the clerk of the department and tell them you have a motion to set aside the default on a default judgment issued by the judge of that department and you need to get a date ASAP so you can file, the long you wait the more prejudice to you! If they can't get a regular date, you can set an ex parte hearing for an order shortening time to file the motion and the court may give you an earlier date? If that fails for some reason, call the clerk in presiding and see if they will allow you to file the motion or have an ex parte to specially set the motion? You will need a legitimate reason as to why you failed to appear and demurrer or answer in the beginning, so you will need a notice of motion, motion, declaration in support and proposed order, if you have documents you will also need a notice of lodgment and lodgment including your marked or numbered exhibits. Make sure you serve the other side and bring an extra copy to conform file for yourself.
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Landlord Tenant disputes are usually on a different track than other cases in the court system. And by different, I mean expedited. Call the Landlord Tenant/Eviction clerk, or better yet, go to that clerk's window in person.