Short recap: I had a default judgement against me for a bill I'd already paid; I didn't show up in court because I never received a summons. I took everyone's advice and filed to have the judgement vacated.
I received papers indicating that there is a hearing this coming Monday, so I took the day off of work and made arrangements with my brother to come and get me (I can't drive for health reasons). I just spoke to the clerk of courts asking what I would need to bring, and...wow.
It's not a hearing to vacate the judgement, just to decide whether or not to re-open the case. She said she didn't know how I would prove that I never received a summons because "You obviously got this notice." She then backed down and admitted that they'd updated my address in the system after I filed my papers to get it vacated.
What stinks is that I can't find the money orders proving that I paid, and Monday will be my first trip home in almost a year; I probably won't have time to get copies from the issuer. I have to prove that I would prevail if the case were re-opened. Without the papers proving that I paid it, should I emphasize the change of address (court no longer has jurisdiction over me) and "Unclean Hands" (since the notice of judgement was the first I'd heard of this mess)?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I've gone from confident I would win to really, really scared.
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