I was served with a complaint which said that I have 20 days to answer the complaint, but day 20 falls on a Saturday. When must I file an answer?

I was served with a complaint which said that I have 20 days to answer the complaint, but day 20 falls on a Saturday. When must I file an answer?

LitigationLitigation can be a long and complicated process which included numerous deadlines. All too often, the pro se party and attorney alike miss deadlines due to confusion as to the computation of time. In Florida, the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure outline specifically how to compute a period of time and determine your deadline. According to the Florida Rules, the day of the act or event shall not be included. For example, the day in which you are served will not count as Day-1 when computing time. The last day, however, will be counted, unless the last day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Legal Holiday. If the last day does fall on one of these days, the last day would be the next weekday which is not a legal holiday. For instance, when filing an answer with a 20 day deadline, if Day-20 were to fall on a Saturday, the last day to file your answer would be the following Monday, as long as that Monday is not a legal holiday, in which case the last day to file would be the next weekday which is not a legal holiday. When you are computing time, be sure to check the website for the court in which you are filing for a list of observed holidays.