Should I submit the MTC immediately, or should I wait until the day of the Mediation Session, or a few days before? I seem to recall in GA Magistrate Court the judge doesn't read motions until that day.
The reason I ask is because I'm not sure if it's better to surprise the lawyer with the MTC or not, that's why I'm also wondering if I should mail a certified copy of the MTC to the lawyer. I believe in GA Magistrate Court it's not required.
When I was served i had 30 days to reply of face SJ. I replied via MTC with a couple exhibits being the card holder agreement and an election of arb letter id already forwarded. I'm not sure if there are other ways to reply but you may not get further notice of the court date or hearing time otherwise.
I took a copy of the MTC and other paperwork with me to the hearing. Theres a link to my adventure already posted above.
The judge never did hear my side of the story. The attorney and I spent about 10 min in the hallway with her tellin lies and me tryin not to look scared or clueless and then she came back with a dismissal. Then we went to see the judge who never even addressed me till I asked if we were done and I could go.
Couple tips that may seem stupid or obvious but - dress up. Your going to court. Speak up and be clear. Look em in the eye and know when they full of if you can. You will be amazed at the number of folks that show up in sweats and Tshirt staring and the floor and mumbling like strung out homeless people.
You'll be even more amazed at the sheer number that dont show up at all....