Time Requirements

Writs of Restitution

A writ of restitution is valid for 30 days from issuance, but is only valid for 10 days from the posting/receiving date (weekends/holidays excluded).

Garnishment

A garnishment summons and complaint shall be served on the garnishee defendant in conformity with the standard procedure for a small claims action or a large claims action, whichever is applicable. Notice of such service or a copy of the garnishee summons and complaint, together with the complaint in the principle action, shall be served on the principal defendant, no later than ten (10) business days after service on the garnishee defendant.

Large claims action

The paper must be served within ninety (90) days of filing and must be over five-thousand dollars ($5,000.00).

Replevin

As a small claims action: The paper must be served eight (8) business days before the court date. The return date for the summons served must be no less than eight (8) business days from the issue date and no more than thirty (30) days from the issue date.

As a large claims action: The paper must be served within ninety (90) days of filing.

Restraining orders

Unless otherwise specified, they can be served right up to the time of the hearing.

Small claims action

General - A small claims action must be served at least eight (8) business days before the date the party must appear. The date of appearance shall be no less than eight (8) business days from the issue date and no more than thirty (30) days from the issue date.