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Non-Suit Judgments

     A non-suit judgment occurs when a plaintiff, after proper notice, fails to appear at the designated trial date and time.

Vacating a Non-Suit Judgment

     A plaintiff seeking to vacate a non-suit judgment should explain why he or she failed to appear at the time scheduled. A motion to vacate a non-suit judgment should be filed within the following time:

    • Summary Possession (Landlord/Tenant) Actions - within 10 days of the entry of the non-suit judgment.
    • Debt, Trespass and Replevin Actions - within 15 days of the entry of the non-suit judgment, or if service was made by certified mail, within 30 days.