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.
Collecting and Resisting Judgments
Services Provided: The Civil Self Help Center provides general information and basic assistance to
people without attorneys on a variety of civil legal issues. All assistance is provided by telephone or
Zoom videoconference. Visit “Issues We Can And Cannot Assist With” (saclaw.org/cshc-services) for
a list of qualifying cases. You must bring your notice of forfeiture with you for assistance with a claim
Eligibility: Must be a Sacramento County resident or have a qualifying case in the Sacramento County Superior Court.
2969 Prospect Park Drive Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Public counter hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm, excluding holidays. A drop box is also available 8:00am to 5:00pm.
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
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.
- Abstract of Judgment
- Bank Levy: Collect Your Judgment from the Debtor’s Bank Account
- Claim of Exemption - Bank Levy
- Claim of Exemption: Wage Garnishment
- Debtor's Examination
- Enforcement of Judgments
- Exemption from the Enforcement of Judgments
- Memorandum of Costs after Judgment
- Motion to Pay Judgment in Installments
- Motion to Set Aside (Relief from Default Judgment)
- Renewal of Judgment
- Wage Garnishment: Collect Your Judgment from the Debtor's Paychecks
- Withdrawing Funds from a Blocked Account
The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.