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What does this mean on a small claims case..."Case Disposed With Disposition Of Judgement Contested"

Placentia, CA |

It has been more than 2 weeks and I still have not received a judgement letter in the mail from the North Justice Center in Orange County, CA

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The term "disposed" means the case has concluded and the phrase "disposition of judgment contested" means the case has concluded after a contested trial on the merits. The language you quote suggests a judgment has been entered, but does not indicate which side prevailed. You should contact the court clerk to confirm the judgment has been entered and to get a copy of it. If you were sued and judgment was entered against you, and wish to appeal by requesting trial de novo, you have a limited period to act so you should not delay. You may wish to contact the Small Claims Advisory Program at 800 963-7717, for the free legal assistance they offer. (See


You may have to take added steps to reduce the ruling to a judgment. Call the small claims office as Mr. Swenson suggests.

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Good luck to you.

God bless. I am in Chicago and do not practice in your state.

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