Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are you in England or Wales?
-What kind of claim is it?
-Has the court made directions?
Have there been any court orders or directions made?
Apologies for the confusion. It is usual if it is the first hearing that there is a standard direction for the defendant to file a defence within 14 days of the claim being issued and served on them. If they turn up on the day with their defence then they will need to explain and prove to the court the reasons for non-compliance.
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