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Anatomy of a lawsuit

File Summons
& Complaint

Stipulation for entry of Defendant


Judgment. served.
(Can occur at any time
prior to entry of
judgment.)
Plaintiff prepares motion No answer;
request to enter
for summary Judgment
Entry of Dismissal with default
or
Judgment prejudice upon Judgment.
judgment on pleadings
following timely
or initiate discovery.
stipulation payment in
Default
default. full. Judgment
entered.
Summary Judgment
Post Judgment. motion
granted/motion for Post
Judgment on Judgment.
pleadings granted.

Post
Judgment.
Summary judgment denied;
-Set trial
Or
-initiate discovery& file new motion
for summary Judgment. Each step can be 30 – 90
days depending on how
busy the court is and if the
Court Trial. defendant puts on a defense

Post
Judgment.