We have continued the COVID safety measures put in place during the Pandemic.
Everyone entering the building must:
Plexiglass shields have been installed in each courtroom and in the Clerk’s Office.
Air filters are provided in select areas around the building.
The landlord who is starting the claim is called the plaintiff. The tenant being evicted is known as the defendant. Both plaintiff and the defendant will have the opportunity to speak to the court and present their case.
Most trials proceed like this:
If the tenant is making a counter-claim against the landlord, the burden of proof for the counter claim is on the tenant.
To meet the burden of proof, present more quality evidence to the court than the other party. The magistrate can ask questions to the plaintiff, defendant or witnesses at any time. It is important during questioning to remain polite. Do not interrupt or argue. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities in court.
Once all documents and all testimony have been submitted, the magistrate will state that the case is “submitted”. The magistrate will provide a judgment orally in court or you will receive a written decision in the mail.
NOTE: A person representing a corporation or a limited liability company without a lawyer may not ask questions of any witnesses.