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When the Judgment Debtor Has Paid in Full
(“Satisfaction of Judgment”)

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IMPORTANT: When the judgment debtor has fully paid you, it is your responsibly to let the court – and all others – know that the debt is clear.


If there are no liens on the judgment debtor’s real or personal property


Step 1.
  Fill out the section on the bottom of page 2 of the Notice of Entry of Judgment (Form SC-130) called "Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment".


Step 2.
 File Opens new window the form with the court. You can take it to the court in person, or mail it to the court.

If you mail it, write a cover letter to the clerk asking the clerk to file the document and return a copy to you for your records, plus one copy to send to the debtor. Include: 

  • the original Form SC-130, 
  • two copies (one copy for your file and one to send to the debtor), 
  • the filing fee, and 
  • a stamped and self-addressed return envelope for the clerk to return the copies of the Form SC-130.


Step 3.
  When you receive the copies of the form back from the court with the court’s stamp on them, mail one copy to the judgment debtor for his or her files.


If there are liens on the judgment debtor’s real or personal property


Step 1.
 Get and fill out an:

  • Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment (Form EJ-100Opens new window

Sign the form before a notary public. Opens new window


Step 2. File the form with the court. You can take it to the court in person, or mail it to the court. 

If you mail it, write a cover letter to the clerk asking the clerk to file the document and return a copy to you for your records, plus one copy to send to the debtor. Include: 

  • the original Form EJ-100, 
  • two copies (one copy for your file and one to send to the debtor), 
  • the filing fee, and 
  • a stamped and self-addressed return envelope for the clerk to return the copies of the Form EJ-100.


Step 3.
  When you receive the copies of the Form EJ-100 back from the court with the court’s stamp on them, serve Opens new window one copy to the judgment debtor for his or her files.

  • Remember: You cannot serve the form yourself. Have an adult who is not involved in the case serve the form for you. Your server may mail the form or serve the debtor in person. 
  • Have your server complete a Proof of Service form – Form POS-020 Opens new window for service in person, or Form POS-030 Opens new window for service by mail.  
  • Make a file of the Proof of Service and keep it in a safe place.


Step 4.
 Tell the court you Have 'served' your forms (Proof of Service).

  • File the original Proof of Service (either the POS-020 or POS-030) at the court.


If you placed any liens or levies on the judgment debtor’s real property, bank accounts or wages, etc., you must remove the liens.

NOTE:  If you do not remove the liens, you may be liable for any damages that the judgment debtor may suffer because you didn’t remove them.


To learn how to remove the liens, click here.

 

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