Generally speaking, A application for judgment against the defendant must be brought before the court on a timely basis. The defendant did not look out untethered indefinitely. Two about otherwise would encourage abuse of process.

You to dismiss the application for want of prosecution, the first first of law ought always to be rules of Court of the particular court in British Columbia for example, in 2014 peaceable rules provide for an application to dismiss claim because of failure to prosecute rule 5-22.
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Supreme Court Civil RulesRules, 2014