In a trial, both sides are expected to present their side of the case. Before you go to a trial, you should get more information about the process from the court attorney in the Help Center.
The landlord’s lawyer will speak first and present his or her case. The landlord is required to prove several facts about the case. If the landlord proves his case, it will then be your turn to present your case. While each side is presenting their case, the other side can ask questions about (cross examine) information being presented. Each side can present witnesses or documents to support their position. Each side can also subpoena documents or people with information about the case. This is an order from the court to a person or agency to be in court and present documents or evidence.
In a nonpayment case, the judge will issue a decision (judgment) after the trial and you will have five (5) days to pay any back rent in the judgment.
In a holdover case, the judge will decide if you can stay in the apartment, and if not, what date you have to move by. The judge will also decide if you have to pay anything.