Looking online at the County Court Registry, I see that I have been sued by a debt collector. A citation has been issued, but the court clerk says it has been returned to the Plaintiff’s attorney for private processing because the county court does not serve citations.
I have already prepared my answer to the citation but have been waiting to be officially served with the citation before I file it. Is this a ploy to get me to wait past the answer date so that the Plaintiff can get a default judgment?
I assume you checked the court docket because you were getting solicitation letters from attorneys offering their services to you. It is very common for service of citation to take weeks or months after the citation is issued. You can contact the attorney for the creditor directly and WAIVE service if you wish or wait for actual service. Either way, you would be wise to continue monitoring the docket just in case something happens without notice to you.
You may have strong procedural defenses to this claim and should get an attorney experienced in credit card debt issues.
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The time to file an Answer does not begin until you have been officially served with the citation and Petition.
I'd watch it to ensure that no return of service has been recorded, but there's no rush unless you have some reason to push it forward sooner.
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