My question involves small claims court in the state of: South Carolina. I filed a suit the 31st of August. I'm told the defendant has 30 days to answer and that the court will send me the reply. Then I have the opportunity to answer. One of the women at the window in the court building is not very helpful and it's difficult to get answers and information without a grumble or a snide comment. What happens if the defendant does not reply? Does it automatically get scheduled for a hearing?