Replevin Question

This is somewhat obscure (at least for Legal Aid practice) but I have a replevin question.  Defendant has some personal property and plaintiff claims ownership.  Plaintiff won at the show cause hearing.  The judge set bond.  Plaintiff can't pay it and filed a motion to waive, which was denied.  Neither party asked for a merits trial.  There has been no action for 13 months.  Defendant doesn't want to ask for a trial because she might lose at trial and she has the property.  Defendant hesitates to file a motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution because when the plaintiff receives it she might suddenly be moved to ask for a trial.  Question:  Does the plaintiff have to take action to keep the case alive?  Does the show cause hearing judge's order last forever?  For 12 years like any other judgment?

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