§56-4-52. Setting aside office judgment; trial.
If a defendant against whom a judgment is entered in the
office, whether an order for an inquiry of damages has been made
therein or not, shall, before the end of the term at which it
becomes final, appear and plead to issue, and shall, in the cases
mentioned in the next preceding section in which an affidavit is
required, file such affidavit with his plea, the judgment shall be
set aside; but if the judgment has been entered up in court or the
order for an inquiry of damages has been executed, it shall not be
set aside without good cause be shown therefor. Any such issue may
be tried at the same term, unless the defendant show by affidavit,
filed with the papers, good cause for a continuance. But the
plaintiff shall have the right to cross-examine the defendant upon
the matters contained in such affidavit.