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Once the court serves the claim on the claimants they have options as to file an acknowledgement of service or a defence which must be communicated to the court within the specified time limit.
If a defendant fails to do so you can apply for judgment in default.
If you served a claim with a particulars of claim then the defendant has 14 days to respond. If you served the particulars of claim after the claim, the time limit is 14 days from service of particulars of claim. The defendant has 14 days to file a defence of acknowledgement of service. An acknowledgement of service buys the defendant 28 days during g which it must then file a defence.
you can file for judgment in default if either of the remaining defendant's fail to respond within the time limits. Default judgment means that due to their conduct the defendants are deemed to have admitted the claim.
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