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The answer will depend on what happened at the hearing. Did the court state defendant is ordered to file answer within 10 days? Did the parties "waive" notice of ruling? If the parties waived notice, then the time starts running from when the court announced its ruling. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
The time runs from the date of service of the notice of ruling (time is extended further for mail service), unless notice was waived in open court, which apparently didn't happen here. I would remind defense counsel.
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Normally, the 10 days runs from the date of the hearing if notice was waived. Otherwise, the defendant gets 15 days to answer if the notice of ruling is mailed (10 plus 5 days for mailing).
If you want to push the issue, you would file a Request for Entry of Default.
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You can prepare a proposed order and send it to him for approval and signature, with a cover letter that he has failed to do so in a timely manner. If he doesnt notify you that there is something wrong or sign and return the order to you w/in 5 days of your mailing it to him, you can then submit it to court with a copy of your transmittal letter to him, the proposed order, and a new letter advising the court he didnt respond to your transmittal letter. Send opposing counsel a cc of everything you are sending to the court, and show the cc on the letter to the judge.