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. Limited civil cases and unlimited civil cases follow these general steps:
- Complaint filed. Summons issued by court.
- Summons and Complaint served on defendant
- Defendant files Answer to Complaint and/or Cross-complaint
- Discovery Phase
- Trial and Judgment
If the defendant fails to answer the complaint, the plaintiff can take the default of the defendant and proceed to obtain a Judgment. In this case, the discovery process is bypassed completely and a Judgment can be obtained fairly quickly.