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Responding to an Application to Set Aside Default Judgment

Sometimes the judgment debtor will ask the court for the default judgment to be 'set aside'. Setting aside a default judgment means cancelling the judgment and giving the judgment debtor time to file a Defence and have the case heard by the court.

To have the default judgment set aside the judgment debtor must show the court:

  • that there is a good reason why they didn't file a Defence within 28 days; and
  • that they have a bona fide (genuine) defence.

The judgment debtor may also apply for a Stay of Proceedings. A Stay of Proceedings is an order stopping you from enforcing the judgment until the court has decided the application to set aside the default judgment. For more information, see Stay of Proceedings/Stay of Enforcement.

Good reasons why no Defence was filed within 28 days

If the judgment debtor has a good reason for not filing a Defence, the court may set aside the default judgment. A good reason might be that:

  • the Statement of Claim was served by post and the judgment debtor never received it
  • the Statement of Claim was served at the wrong address
  • the judgment debtor was sick, in hospital or overseas
  • the judgment debtor gave instructions to a solicitor who failed to file a Defence in time.

A bona fide (genuine) defence

The judgment debtor must provide facts to the court to show that they have a defence that is reasonably arguable in the circumstances. For example that:

  • the debt claimed is not owed
  • the amount claimed is disputed
  • the debt has already been repaid.

For information on how to respond to the application, see Responding to an application to set aside default judgment - Step by step guide.

For more information, see Responding to an application to set aside default judgment - Frequently Asked Questions.