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Who Will Collect the Money Owed?

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At the end of the last court hearing in the case, the judge will make a decision about who should pay how much money to whom. 

  • The person who won the case is now called the “judgment creditor.” 
  • The person who lost the case is now called the “judgment debtor.”

It is up to the person who won the case – the creditor – to collect the money from the debtor.  The court will not collect the money.

Normally, the person who lost the case simply pays the money owed. The creditor then files an Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment (at the end of Form SC-130 Opens new window or Form EJ-100Opens new window and that is the end of the case.

However, if the judgment debtor does not pay the money owed right away, the court can be asked to issue orders and other documents required to force the debtor to pay.  These could include: 

The judgment creditor can also:


To learn how to take these steps, please go to the section on Collection of Judgment.


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