Replevins andDetinuesIt is the mission of the District Court
of Maryland to provide equal and exact
justice for all who are involved in
litigation before the court.
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to inform the public and not serve as legal advice.
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Clerk of the District Court of Maryland.
Mediation: an Alternative
The District Court’s Alternative
Dispute Resolution Program (ADR)
offers mediation free of charge. It is
less formal, time-consuming and costly
than going to court. A trained mediator
works with both sides to resolve the
problem and come up with a mutually
agreeable solution. If mediation proves
unsuccessful, you may still seek
resolution in court.
For more information, contact:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Office
The Defendant’s Response
Once served, a defendant may respond to your lawsuit by:
• attempting to negotiate a settlement,
• ignoring the complaint,
• filing a counterclaim against you,
• trying to get the case dismissed, and
• defending the case at the hearing and trial.
You have the option to negotiate a settlement before going to trial [see
Mediation, right]. Be prepared at trial to provide evidence to support your
claim and evidence to disprove any counter argument.
What Happens at the Hearing?
If you filed a replevin, the defendant will be served with the Show Cause
Order and the complaint. A hearing will generally be scheduled within three
weeks of the date that the order was issued. At the hearing, the judge will
listen to both sides and decide what to do temporarily with the property
prior to trial. If the Show Cause Order is granted, the plaintiff may be
required to post bond in the amount of the value of goods being sought. A
trial date will be set.
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