Collecting Your Judgment

Collecting Your Judgment

Execution Against Property
Discovery Subpoena
What Else? 

If you sued someone for money and received a judgment against that person, you have the right to collect the money.

How Much Can I Collect?
You can collect the amount stated in your small claims judgment (form DC85) plus any interest that accumulates during the time the other party pays off the judgment.

How Can I Collect My Money?
There are several ways you can collect your money.

  1. If the other party (defendant) has the money and is present at the trial, s/he can pay you right then.
  2. If s/he does not have the money at that time and you both agree at the trial, the judge can set up a payment schedule. If the defendant is not present at the trial, the court will send a copy of the small claims judgment to the defendant.  The judgment will order the defendant to pay you in full within 21 days.
  3. If the defendant doesn't pay the judgment as ordered, you will have to collect your money through an execution against property or a garnishment.