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  Connecticut General Statutes
Research guides prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:

Section 1: Failure to Appear
Section 2: Motion for Default for Failure to Appear
Section 3: Opening Default for Failure to Appear
Section 4: Judgment Upon Default for Failure to Appear
Section 5: Failure to Plead
Section 6: Opening Default for Failure to Plead
Section 7: Judgment Upon Default for Failure to Plead
Section 8: Other Grounds for Default
Section 9: Hearing in Damages

Publications from the Connecticut Judicial Branch:


Selected Statutes:


  • Sec. 47a-26a. Failure to plead. Judgment. (housing - eviction cases)

  • Sec. 47a-26c. Advancement of pleadings. Failure to plead. (housing - eviction cases)


  • Sec. 52-84. When judgment by default may be rendered. (failure to appear)

  • Sec. 52-87. Continuance on account of absent or nonresident defendant. Exceptions.

  • Sec. 52-119. Pleading to be according to rules and orders of court.

  • Sec. 52-120. Pleading filed by consent after expiration of time.

  • Sec. 52-121. Pleading may be filed after expiration of time fixed, but prior to hearing on motion for default judgment or nonsuit. Judgment or penalty for failure to plead.

  • Sec. 52-135. Amendment of pleadings after default or demurrer overruled; costs.

  • Sec. 52-212. Opening judgment upon default or nonsuit.

  • Sec. 52-220. Hearing in damages; when to jury.

  • Sec. 52-221. Hearing in damages. Evidence. Notice.

  • Sec. 52-259c. Fee to open, set aside, modify, extend or reargue judgment.

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Connecticut Practice Book

Selected Court Rules:

  • Sec. 3-2. Time to File Appearance

  • Sec. 9-1. Continuance for Absent or Nonresident Defendant

  • Sec. 10-8. Time to Plead

  • Sec. 13-14. Order for Compliance; Failure to Answer or Comply with Order (Discovery)

Chapter 17: Judgments

  • Sec. 17-20. Motion for Default . . . for Failure to Appear

  • Sec. 17-21. Defaults under Soldiers. and Sailors. Relief Act

  • Sec. 17-22. Notice of . . . Default for Failure to Enter an Appearance

  • Sec. 17-23. Contract actions to pay a definite sum where there is a default for failure to appear; Limitations

  • Sec. 17-24. Promise to pay liquidated sum

  • Sec. 17-25. Motion for default and judgment; Affidavit of debt; Military affidavit; Bill of costs; Debt instrument

  • Sec. 17-26. Order of weekly payments

  • Sec. 17-27. Entry of judgment

  • Sec. 17-28. Enforcement of judgment

  • Sec. 17-29. Default motion not on short calendar

  • Sec. 17-30. Summary Process; Default and Judgment for Failure to Appear or Plead

  • Sec. 17-31. Procedure where Party is in Default

  • Sec. 17-32. Where Defendant is in Default for Failure to Plead

  • Sec. 17-33. When judgment may be rendered after a default

  • Sec. 17-34. Hearings in Damages; Notice of Defenses

  • Sec. 17-35. Requirements of Notice; Time

  • Sec. 17-36. Notice by Clerk

  • Sec. 17-37. Notice of Defense to Be Specific

  • Sec. 17-38. Amending Notice of Defense

  • Sec. 17-39. No Reply Allowed

  • Sec. 17-40. Evidence to Reduce Damages

  • Sec. 17-41. Relief Permissible on Default

  • Sec. 17-42. Opening defaults where judgment has not been rendered.

  • Sec. 17-43. Opening judgment upon default

Chapter 25: Procedure in Family Matters

  • Sec. 25-51. When Motion for Default for Failure to Appear Does Not Apply (Family Matters)

Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Forms

  • JD-CV-49. Motion for Default for Failure to Appear, Judgment and Order for Weekly Payments
  • JD-CV-50. Notice of Judgment and Order for Weekly
  • Payments
  • JD-CV-52. Affidavit of Debt

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