A constable served me papers and said I had to be court on a set date or a warrant would be issued for me
A: The paperwork was served to you by a constable which is good service of such paperwork. You will need to address the issue on the order to appear or, yes, there will be a warrant issued if you fail to appear in court or you will lose the case because of a failure to appear. Depending on what the paperwork says.
I would recommend that you seek counsel and get yourself prepared to defend you and your interest in this matter. I am guessing since it is from a landlord from over a year ago that the landlord is seeking to collect on a debt that he feels that you owe. Even if it was from a year ago when you dealt with this landlord, he still is well within the time-frame allowed to seek collection of the debt from you and he has had you properly served. Please seek assistance in preparing to defend yourself in this matter.
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