What all do I have to do to prepare a Default Judgement?

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What all do I have to do to prepare a Default Judgement?
09/16/2007   |   Category: Judgments   |   State: California   |   #8802

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The following are CA statutes:

585. Judgment may be had, if the defendant fails to answer the
complaint, as follows:

(a) In an action arising upon contract or judgment for the
recovery of money or damages only, if the defendant has, or if more
than one defendant, if any of the defendants have, been served, other
than by publication, and no answer, demurrer, notice of motion to
strike (of the character hereinafter specified), notice of motion to
transfer pursuant to Section 396b, notice of motion to dismiss
pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 583.210) of Chapter
1.5 of Title 8, notice of motion to quash service of summons or to
stay or dismiss the action pursuant to Section 418.10, or notice of
the filing of a petition for writ of mandate as provided in Section
418.10 has been filed with the clerk or judge of the court within the
time specified in the summons, or such further time as may be
allowed, the clerk, or the judge if there is no clerk, upon written
application of the plaintiff, and proof of the service of summons,
shall enter the default of the defendant or defendants, so served,
and immediately thereafter enter judgment for the principal amount
demanded in the complaint, in the statement required by Section
425.11, or in the statement provided for in Section 425.115, or a
lesser amount if credit has been acknowledged, together with interest
allowed by law or in accordance with the terms of the contract, and
the costs against the defendant, or defendants, or against one or
more of the defendants. If, by rule of court, a schedule of
attorneys' fees to be allowed has been adopted, the clerk may include
in the judgment attorneys' fees in accordance with such schedule (1)
if the contract provides that attorneys' fees shall be allowed in
the event of an action thereon, or (2) if the action is one in which
the plaintiff is entitled by statute to recover attorneys' fees in
addition to money or damages. The plaintiff shall file a written
request at the time of application for entry of the default of the
defendant or defendants, to have attorneys' fees fixed by the court,
whereupon, after the entry of the default, the court shall hear the
application for determination of the attorneys' fees and shall render
judgment for such fees and for the other relief demanded in the
complaint, in the statement required by Section 425.11, or in the
statement provided for in Section 425.115, or a lesser amount if
credit has been acknowledged, and the costs against the defendant, or
defendants, or against one or more of the defendants.

(b) In other actions, if the defendant has been served, other than
by publication, and no answer, demurrer, notice of motion to strike
(of the character hereinafter specified), notice of motion to
transfer pursuant to Section 396b, notice of motion to dismiss
pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 583.210) of Chapter
1.5 of Title 8, notice of motion to quash service of summons or to
stay or dismiss the action pursuant to Section 418.10 or notice of
the filing of a petition for writ of mandate as provided in Section
418.10 has been filed with the clerk or judge of the court within the
time specified in the summons, or such further time as may be
allowed, the clerk, or the judge if there is no clerk, upon written
application of the plaintiff, shall enter the default of the
defendant. The plaintiff thereafter may apply to the court for the
relief demanded in the complaint; the court shall hear the evidence
offered by the plaintiff, and shall render judgment in his or her
favor for such sum (not exceeding the amount stated in the complaint,
in the statement required by Section 425.11, or in the statement
provided for by Section 425.115), as appears by such evidence to be
just. If the taking of an account, or the proof of any fact, is
necessary to enable the court to give judgment or to carry the
judgment into effect, the court may take the account or hear the
proof, or may, in its discretion, order a reference for that purpose.
If the action is for the recovery of damages, in whole or in part,
the court may order the damages to be assessed by a jury; or if, to
determine the amount of damages, the examination of a long account is
involved by a reference as above provided.

(c) In all actions where the service of the summons was by
publication, upon the expiration of the time for answering, and upon
proof of the publication and that no answer, demurrer, notice of
motion to strike (of the character hereinafter specified), notice of
motion to transfer pursuant to Section 396b, notice of motion to
dismiss pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 583.210) of
Chapter 1.5 of Title 8, notice of motion to quash service of summons
or to stay or dismiss the action pursuant to Section 418.10, or
notice of the filing of a petition for writ of mandate as provided in
Section 418.10 has been filed, the clerk, or the judge if there is
no clerk, upon written application of the plaintiff, shall enter the
default of the defendant. The plaintiff thereafter may apply to the
court for the relief demanded in the complaint; and the court shall
hear the evidence offered by the plaintiff, and shall render judgment
in his or her favor for such sum (not exceeding the amount stated in
the complaint, in the statement required by Section 425.11, or in
the statement provided for in Section 425.115), as appears by such
evidence to be just. If the defendant is not a resident of the
state, the court shall require the plaintiff, or his or her agent, to
be examined, on oath, respecting any payments that have been made to
the plaintiff, or to anyone for his or her use, on account of any
demand mentioned in the complaint, in the statement required by
Section 425.11, or in the statement provided for in Section 425.115,
and may render judgment for the amount which he or she is entitled to
recover. In all cases affecting the title to or possession of real
property, where the service of the summons was by publication and the
defendant has failed to answer, no judgment shall be rendered upon
proof of mere occupancy, unless such occupancy shall have continued
for the time and shall have been of the character necessary to confer
title by prescription. In all cases where the plaintiff bases his
or her claim upon a paper title, the court shall require evidence
establishing plaintiff's equitable right to judgment before rendering
judgment. In actions involving only the possession of real property
where the complaint is verified and shows by proper allegations that
no party to the action claims title to the real property involved,
either by prescription, accession, transfer, will, or succession, but
only the possession thereof, the court may render judgment upon
proof of occupancy by plaintiff and ouster by defendant.

(d) In the cases referred to in subdivisions (b) and (c), or upon
an application to have attorneys' fees fixed by the court pursuant to
subdivision (a), the court in its discretion may permit the use of
affidavits, in lieu of personal testimony, as to all or any part of
the evidence or proof required or permitted to be offered, received,
or heard in such cases. The facts stated in such affidavit or
affidavits shall be within the personal knowledge of the affiant and
shall be set forth with particularity, and each affidavit shall show
affirmatively that the affiant, if sworn as a witness, can testify
competently thereto.

(e) If a defendant files a cross-complaint against another
defendant or the plaintiff, a default may be entered against that
party on that cross-complaint if the plaintiff or that
cross-defendant has been served with that cross-complaint and he or
she has failed to file an answer, demurrer, notice of motion to
strike of the character specified in subdivision (f), notice of
motion to transfer pursuant to Section 396b, notice of motion to
dismiss pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 583.210) of
Chapter 1.5 of Title 8, notice of motion to quash service of summons
or to stay or dismiss the action pursuant to Section 418.10, or
notice of the filing of a petition for a writ of mandate as provided
in Section 418.10 within the time specified in the summons, or such
other time as may be allowed. However, no judgment may separately be
entered on that cross-complaint unless a separate judgment may, in
fact, be properly awarded on that cross-complaint and the court finds
that a separate judgment on that cross-complaint would not
substantially delay the final disposition of the action between the
parties.

(f) A notice of motion to strike within the meaning of this
section is a notice of motion to strike the whole or any part of a
pleading filed within the time which the moving party is required
otherwise to plead to such pleading. The notice of motion to strike
shall specify a hearing date set in accordance with Section 1005.
The filing of a notice of motion does not extend the time within
which to demur.

585.5. (a) Every application to enter default under subdivision (a)
of Section 585 shall include, or be accompanied by, an affidavit
stating facts showing that the action is or is not subject to Section
1812.10 or 2984.4 of the Civil Code or subdivision (b) of Section
395.

(b) When a default or default judgment has been entered without
full compliance with Section 1812.10 or 2984.4 of the Civil Code, or
subdivision (b) of Section 395, the defendant may serve and file a
notice of motion to set aside the default or default judgment and for
leave to defend the action in the proper court. The notice of
motion shall be served and filed within 60 days after the defendant
first receives notice of levy under a writ of execution, or notice of
any other procedure for enforcing, the default judgment.

(c) A notice of motion to set aside a default or default judgment
and for leave to defend the action in the proper court shall
designate as the time for making the motion a date prescribed by
subdivision (b) of Section 1005, and it shall be accompanied by an
affidavit showing under oath that the action was not commenced in the
proper court according to Section 1812.10 or 2984.4 of the Civil
Code or subdivision (b) of Section 395. The party shall serve and
file with the notice a copy of the answer, motion, or other pleading
proposed to be filed in the action.

(d) Upon a finding by the court that the motion was made within
the period permitted by subdivision (b) and that the action was not
commenced in the proper court, it shall set aside the default or
default judgment on such terms as may be just and shall allow such a
party to defend the action in the proper court.

(e) Unless the plaintiff can show that the plaintiff used
reasonable diligence to avoid filing the action in the improper
court, upon a finding that the action was commenced in the improper
court the court shall award the defendant actual damages and costs,
including reasonable attorney's fees.

586. (a) In the following cases the same proceedings shall be had,
and judgment shall be rendered in the same manner, as if the
defendant had failed to answer:

(1) If the complaint has been amended, and the defendant fails to
answer it, as amended, or demur thereto, or file a notice of motion
to strike, of the character specified in Section 585, within 30 days
after service thereof or within the time allowed by the court.

(2) If the demurrer to the complaint is overruled and a motion to
strike, of the character specified in Section 585, is denied, or
where only one thereof is filed, if the demurrer is overruled or the
motion to strike is denied, and the defendant fails to answer the
complaint within the time allowed by the court.

(3) If a motion to strike, of the character specified in Section
585, is granted in whole or in part, and the defendant fails to
answer the unstricken portion of the complaint within the time
allowed by the court, no demurrer having been sustained or being then
pending.

(4) If a motion to quash service of summons or to stay or dismiss,
the action has been filed or writ of mandate sought and notice
thereof given, as provided in Section 418.10, and upon denial of such
motion or writ, defendant fails to respond to the complaint, within
the time provided in such section or as otherwise provided by law.

(5) If the demurrer to the answer is sustained and the defendant
fails to amend the answer within the time allowed by the court.

(6) (A) If a motion to transfer pursuant to Section 396b is denied
and the defendant fails to respond to the complaint within the time
allowed by the court pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 396b or
within the time provided in subparagraph (C).

(B) If a motion to transfer pursuant to Section 396b is granted
and the defendant fails to respond to the complaint within 30 days of
the mailing of notice of the filing and case number by the clerk of
the court to which the action or proceeding is transferred or within
the time provided in subparagraph (C).

(C) If the order granting or denying a motion to transfer pursuant
to Section 396a or 396b is the subject of an appeal pursuant to
Section 904.2 or 904.3 in which a stay is granted or of a mandate
proceeding pursuant to Section 400, the court having jurisdiction
over the trial, upon application or on its own motion after such
appeal or mandate proceeding becomes final or upon earlier
termination of a stay, shall allow the defendant a reasonable time to
respond to the complaint. Notice of the order allowing the
defendant further time to respond to the complaint shall be promptly
served by the party who obtained such order or by the clerk if the
order is made on the court's own motion.

(7) If a motion to strike the answer in whole, of the character
specified in Section 585, is granted without leave to amend, or if a
motion to strike the answer in whole or in part, of the character
specified in Section 585, is granted with leave to amend and the
defendant fails to amend the answer within the time allowed by the
court.

(8) If a motion to dismiss pursuant to Section 583.250 is denied
and the defendant fails to respond within the time allowed by the
court.

(b) For the purposes of this section, "respond" means to answer,
to demur, or to move to strike.


587. An application by a plaintiff for entry of default under
subdivision (a), (b), or (c) of Section 585 or Section 586 shall
include an affidavit stating that a copy of the application has been
mailed to the defendant's attorney of record or, if none, to the
defendant at his or her last known address and the date on which the
copy was mailed. If no such address of the defendant is known to the
plaintiff or plaintiff's attorney, the affidavit shall state that
fact.

No default under subdivision (a), (b), or (c) of Section 585 or
Section 586 shall be entered, unless the affidavit is filed. The
nonreceipt of the notice shall not invalidate or constitute ground
for setting aside any judgment.

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