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How Long Can the Creditor Pursue the Debtor?

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Basically, the creditor can pursue the debtor as long as it takes to get the judgment paid.

1. Judgments are enforceable for 10 years from the date of entry of judgment.
(See California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 683.020) Opens new window

If the judgment is paid in installments, the 10 years run after each installment is due.
(See California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 683.030Opens new window

2. The judgment may be renewed for another 10 years, and then is renewable after that.

TIP: Renew the judgment at least six (6) months before the 10 years run out. You may need several months to locate the debtor, etc.

3. Once a judgment’s been renewed, it can’t be renewed again until 5 years later.

NOTE:  When the judgment is renewed, the interest that has accrued will be added to the principal amount owing.  From that point on, the judgment creditor is entitled to interest on the accrued interest.

For more information about how to compute the interest due on the unpaid portion of the judgment, click here.


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