Defendants2022-01-06T19:22:08-08:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary:

Plaintiff: The party making the Claim.

Defendant: The party against whom the Claim is made.

Claim: The Plaintiff’s legal and factual allegation against the Defendant.

E-Judge: The party deciding who prevails (wins) in the dispute.

Discovery: The process in which the parties request information from each other.

Award: Written determination by the Judge as to who prevails (wins) the dispute.

Jurisdiction: The authority granted to the court to hear a case.

Counter Claim: An additional Claim by the defendant against the plaintiff.

What is an Award and what do I do with it?2020-11-04T15:03:32-08:00

Similar to traditional arbitration and mediation, Ejudicate is a private service and renders the parties in a dispute an Award (decision).  Again, similar to traditional arbitration and mediation, the Award will be a one-to-two page document that summarizes the Claim, the E-Judge’s decision, and why they decided in that way. That Award can then, at the choice of the prevailing (winning) party, be filed with the appropriate court to be converted into a legally binding judgment.

Do I have to respond to a Claim?2020-11-12T00:01:53-08:00

Ejudicate recommends that you consult with an attorney, but failure to respond to a Claim may result in a default Award or judgment against you. 

What happens if I do not respond timely and default?2022-06-08T01:09:03-07:00

At the time a matter is determined to be in default (a failure to timely respond) the case will be assigned to one of the E-Judges for review. In accordance with the Ejudicate Rules, if the evidence supports an award the assigned E-Judge will issue that award.

If more evidence or information is required the E-Judge will contact Plaintiff with any inquiries. Any award, once issued, will set forth the amount of the award, the amount of any fees or costs that the parties are entitled to, along with a brief summary of the basis of the award.

Do I get an opportunity to dispute the Claim?2020-11-04T15:00:08-08:00

Yes, Ejudicate will guide you through the online dispute process, and you will have more than one opportunity to present your case and to upload your supporting evidence or documents. 

I don’t recognize the plaintiff; is this my debt?2020-11-04T15:00:31-08:00

If you don’t recognize the plaintiff or this obligation, please immediately contact Ejudicate at [email protected] so that we can review, correct, or withdraw the Claim.

What if I am not the person mentioned within the Claim?2020-11-12T00:01:12-08:00

Please immediately contact Ejudicate at [email protected] so that we can review, correct, or withdraw the Claim.  

What if I disagree with the forum of Ejudicate?2020-11-04T15:01:16-08:00

If you disagree with Ejudicate as the forum for this dispute, you should immediately consult an attorney.  Failure to formally object may waive your right to object to this forum at a later date and the E-judge retains the ability to determine jurisdiction.  

Is my Claim or defense a private or public record?2020-11-04T15:01:47-08:00

Because Ejudicate is a private company, the records you submit are stored and encrypted in our secure database and subject to our Privacy Policy. However, because this is a legal dispute those records may, at some point, become part of a public filing after an Award has been rendered.

I would like to settle my debt; what are my options?2020-11-04T15:02:08-08:00

Ejudicate can facilitate a settlement between the Plaintiff and you after you register online here.

What if I need advice?2020-11-12T00:00:23-08:00

Ejudicate will not and cannot provide any legal advice or legal assistance.  As such, we recommend that you seek your own independent legal advice from your own attorney.  

What law will the Judge apply to my case?2020-11-04T15:02:55-08:00

The E-Judge will typically apply the law of the state in which the Claim arose, unless there is an agreement or contract that requires the application of a different jurisdiction’s law. If there is a dispute as to which law applies, the E-Judge will evaluate that aspect of the dispute and make a determination as to which law applies.

Can I provide legal citations (caselaw) to the Judge if I believe they support my Claim or defense?2020-11-04T15:03:13-08:00

Yes. You can provide these when you create your Claim or upload and describe your evidence before the case is finalized and submitted to the Judge.

What are my rights?2020-11-04T14:59:23-08:00

Ejudicate recommends that you consult with an attorney as you have the right to defend the Claim against you.

What’s a judgment?