Upon receipt of the summons and plaint, the defendant is required to file a written Written Statement of Defense within 15 days from the date of receipt of the summons.
- Accompanying Documents to the Defense
The written statement of defence must be supported by a summary of evidence, list of documents, witnesses and authorities the defendant intends to rely on. The written statement of defence should also be accompanied by a Mediation Case Summary. The written statement of defence and all its accompaniments must be served on the plaintiff.
- If a defendant also has a claim against the plaintiff, then he may file a written statement of defence and a counter claim still within the 15 days after receiving the summons. The counterclaim must be supported by a summary of evidence, list of documents, witnesses and authorities the defendant/counter claim intends to rely on. The plaintiff will be required to reply to the counterclaim within 15 days after it is served upon him or her.