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Last Updated: Jun 29, 2021     Views: 650

How can I enforce a court judgment?

After winning a lawsuit, you may have questions on how you can enforce the court judgment and collect any money you are owed.

California Courts website

The Judicial Branch of California’s California Courts website has an informative webpage on how to Collect Your Judgment. It includes information on tips for collecting your judgment, special rules for small claims judgments, ways to collect from the debtor (including getting a debtor to pay you voluntarily, getting information about the debtor’s assets, and ways to collect your judgment such as liens, wage garnishment, and license suspension), renewing judgments, collection problems and special situations, along with other information. The webpage also features a link to a new step-by-step guide entitled How to collect your money.

The California Courts website also has a family law-oriented webpage with information on how to Collect Your Family Law Money Judgment.

CEB publications

In our library you can access a CEB publication Enforcing Civil Money Judgments on our computers via CEB OnLaw or in print at call number KFC995 .A1 C34. The CEB publication Debt Collection Practice in California is available on our research computers via OnLaw.

Matthew Bender and Rutter Group, Lexis and Westlaw materials

In our library you can find the Matthew Bender practice guide California Debt Collection and Enforcement of Judgments in print at the call number KFC256.C6 M38 or on our research computers via Westlaw, and the Rutter Group's California Practice Guide: Enforcing Judgments and Debts at call number KFC1065.A9 and on our research computers via Lexis.

Nolo publications

The plain-English legal book “Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California” has a chapter “Chapter 3: Can You Collect Your Money?” which can be accessed online via our Nolo EBSCO database on in print at our library at call number KFC976 .Z9 W37. Log into the Nolo EBSCO database by following the instructions at Library Databases | Law Library ( and search for the book title to access the book online.

Sacramento Law Library

The Sacramento Law Library has produced a written guide entitled ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENTS: Collect When You Win a Lawsuit with links to related guides and a series of videos on Enforcement of Judgments.