Originally Posted by uniqueness211
OK, I suggested that you ask for a continuance at the hearing because, it being small claims, it seemed to me that this would be handled informally. But if you were told that you should file for a continuance ahead of time, by all means do so.
File that with a motion that defendant show cause why it should not be held in contempt of court. Yes, one possible remedy, if the court finds the defendant to be in contempt, might be to establish the liability for the $6,000.
It appears that the "contested hearing" is to try the case, not just to decide the discovery issue. Without seeing all of the documents in the court fille, and without being familiar with the local practice, that is merely my informed guess. If this were a regular case, and not a small claims one, you would definitely file a motion to compel discovery (but I am assuming that the judge has already issued an order requiring the defendant to give you the discovery you have requested), as well as a motion to show cause, a motion to continue, and a request for a separate hearing on these pre-trial issues.