Law 101

Collecting and Resisting Judgments

After obtaining a judgment, the judgment creditor’s next step is to attempt to collect what is owed. The court does not collect judgments; the prevailing party is responsible for all collection efforts. However, the court may issue a variety or orders and other documents that may be used to collect your judgment from the debtor.

Community Resources

Legal papers For Help
SH@LL (Self Help @ the Law Library)
Police car For Service
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Civil Bureau


The Judicial Council creates many of the forms needed for collecting judgments. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department also creates forms for use in this county specifically. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Legal Research Guides and Step-by-Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms

Form Resources

Court Summons Judicial Council Forms These forms can be filled out online, and printed for filing.
Keyboard Collection Letter Wizard (External site) Interactive program helps you write a letter demanding payment.
Legal forms Sacramento County Sheriff's Civil Bureau Detailed information and forms instructing the Sheriff to perform enforcement methods.

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

Related Websites

These sites are not run by the Law Library, but may be useful.

Calculator Judgment Calculator (External site) Calculate the amount due on a specific day.


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.


Free online videos on judgment-related topics.