Being pro se should not effect how you are treated by a judge. However if you are pro se you should follow all the rules and procedures that an attorney would know. Good luck.
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Without seeing the papers, it would be improper to comment on why a decision was rendered in the manner that it was.
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In order to be able to challenge the service of papers and be granted a traverse hearing, you need to raise sufficient facts to dispute the sufficiency of that service through a sworn statement. The details of what constitutes a sufficient refutation are not cut and dry. If your central claim was that you could not have been served with the papers because you did not live at the location where the process server delivered them, most judges would probably require you to state where you actually live in order to be entitled to a hearing.