Cobb County Government

How does the defendant know that he or she is being sued?

The Sheriff’s Department will serve the defendant(s) a copy of the complaint and summons that has been filed. These papers will inform the defendant of the nature of your suit. The defendant has thirty (30) days from the date that he or she was served with the complaint in which to answer the complaint.

If the defendant fails to file an answer to the complaint within thirty days, the law provides the defendant an additional fifteen (15) days in which to file an answer by paying all court costs along with the answer (totaling 45 days).

If the defendant answers the claim, the Clerk will notify all parties and their attorneys of the trial date by regular U.S. mail.