Superior Court of California - County of Orange

How do I Collect a Judgment?

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How do I Collect a Judgment?

After a judgment is entered, the person who was awarded money is called the Judgment Creditor and the person who owes the money is now called the Judgment Debtor. The following are options you may wish to use:

Application and Order for Appearance and Examination

You may request the court to assist in the enforcement of the judgment. The Application and Order for Appearance and Examination (Form #AT-138) requires the judgment debtor to appear in court to answer questions concerning his/her assets. To schedule an Examination of Judgment Debtor hearing on a Limited or Unlimited Civil case, complete the Application and Order for Appearance and Examination form with your requested date (see the Calendar Schedule for dates and times). File the form in the Court Clerk's Office with the filing fee. The clerk will return the form to you to serve on the judgment debtor. If the judgment debtor does not show up for the hearing, an arrest warrant may be issued.

Writ of Execution

A Writ of Execution is a court order authorizing the Sheriff or Registered Process Server to carry out the Court's decision. The Writ of Execution is commonly used to attach the judgment debtor's wages or bank accounts. To have a writ issued, complete the Writ of Execution (Form #EJ-130) and submit it along with the proper fee to:

Central Justice Center
Civil Division Writs & Abstracts Unit
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

The clerk will issue the writ and return the form to you to arrange for service.

Abstract of Judgment

An Abstract of Judgment is a summary of the Court's decision. An Abstract of Judgment is generally recorded with the County Recorder and acts as a lien on property owned by the judgment debtor. To have an abstract issued, complete the Abstract of Judgment (Form #EJ-001) and submit it along with the proper fee to:

Central Justice Center
Civil Division Writs & Abstracts Unit
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

The clerk will issue the abstract and return the form to you to arrange for recording. Take or mail the issued Abstract of Judgment to the County Recorder’s Office in the county where you believe the judgment debtor owns real property (contact the County Recorder’s Office to find out the fee for recording.)

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