Is is possible for someone to have a small claims suit placed against them, and recieve a judgment in the plaintiffs favor without the defendant being notified of the suit, or asked to appear? I've got a sailor who works for me, and an e-mail was received at the command stating that the sailor had been sued and had a judgement placed against him for $3500. The plaintiff is wanting information to garnish the member's wages. Checking public records we were able to find the judgement. The e-mail was sent to the Master Chief here and I was called in to see if I had heard anything about it. The sailor in question was at a medical appointment at the end of the day, so I was not able to ask him anything about it until this morning. When asked if he knew anything about a civil suit against him, he stated that he had no idea thta the suit existed, and that he received no notification. He does state thta he knows who the plaintiff is. I'm just having a hard time believing thta he could have suit and a judgment against him without any knowledge of it. This can affect his security clearance. I'd really like to hear from a lawyer on this.