What Is A Judgment?

We all have seen trials on television. When the trial is over the lawsuit is over because that is the end of the show. Wrong! That is only intermission. After the trial in the real world a judgment is entered. It is an official piece of paper that is signed by the trial judge and filed with the clerk of the court that is the final determination of the rights of the parties in a lawsuit. If the judgment states that one party must pay money to another party, it is very seldom that a check is written at the courthouse. The person to whom the money is owed frequently has to enforce the judgment, which means that he has to collect the money. Fortunately, the judicial system has provided ways to help.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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