LCRLJ 41 NON-APPEARANCE OF A PARTY OR PARTIES ON TRIAL DATE If the plaintiff does not appear within sixty (60) minutes of the time set for trial, and no request for extension of time is received by telephone or otherwise, defendant, upon motion, may be granted a judgment of dismissal without prejudice, be awarded costs and if otherwise authorized, a reasonable attorney's fee, and if a counterclaim, upon satisfactory proof, may be awarded judgment thereon. If the defendant does not appear within sixty (60) minutes of the time set for trial, the plaintiff, upon motion, may be granted judgment as prayed for, upon satisfactory proof to the court, including costs and if otherwise authorized, a reasonable attorney's fee. In the event neither party appears at the time set for trial, or within sixty (60) minutes thereafter, the matter shall be dismissed without prejudice, (including counterclaims) on or after the fourteenth (14) day following the scheduled trial date, unless the court has received prior notification of agreed or confessed judgment, settlement, dismissal, or continuance. Notification may initially be oral and/or by telephone, but will not be deemed completed until followed with a clear written statement by the person making such notification. Such written statement shall be filed with the court by 4:30 p.m. on the fifth (5) day following the oral telephonic notification.
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