What is Default Judgment?

In the world of the law, a default judgment denotes a decision issued by a court against a party involved in a legal proceeding who neglected to take the required action.

Such actions may involve failing to show up in court, not responding to a summons or complaint, or noncompliance with a court order.

In criminal cases, if the defendant fails to appear in court or respond to the charges against them, a default judgment may be passed against them. This could result in the defendant being sentenced and convicted without presenting a defense.

In a civil case, if the defendant fails to respond to a legal action or complaint, a default judgment may be entered against them. This may lead to the plaintiff receiving the relief they sought in their complaint, such as damages or an injunction, without the defendant having the opportunity to challenge the claim.

Responding to complaints, summonses, and court orders in a prompt manner is critical for defendants in legal proceedings to avoid the possibility of a default judgment.

However, in some situations, a default judgment may be overturned or nullified if the defendant can show a compelling reason for their inability to respond.