I have been out of town for the past 2 weeks now, and I returned last night for my small claims court date that was scheduled today (Saturday of all days).
Well, I live 6 minutes from the courthouse. However, apparently there was traffic due to construction that held me in traffic for 40 minutes! Having been gone for 2 weeks I had no idea this volume of construction was going on. In fact, the whole backup was centered for 1.5 miles, meaning it took 40 minutes just to go 1.5 miles! I was 20 minutes late to my court and when I arrived, there was no one in the precinct. I also attempted to call the court but being it was a weekend, the offices were closed and I couldn't reach anyone. I even seen someone switch sides with his passenger, and ran down the highway torwards the court. I was tempted to just park my car right there in the middle of the highway as well.
This is from a hit and run accident back in January...I am so upset about this I have to call the court Monday and find out what happened. So, would this automatically be a default judgement? Whats the next step? Has it ever happened to you?