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Definitions and Terms

Default Judgment


A judgment awarded by the court against one of the parties because they didn't show up for the hearing.




Fees and charges the Plaintiff/Petitioner pays to file the case or collect on the judgment. 




Money awarded by the judge.




The court ordering the sheriff's office to take property owned by the judgment debtor to pay the debt that is owed.



Taking a percentage of the judgment debtor's wages on a regular basis in order to pay the debt owed.




The amount the judge says is owed by the debtor.


Judgment Creditor


The person who is owed the money.


Judgment Debtor


The person who owes the money.


Proof of service


A document filed with the court stating that a party has been properly presented with copies of the court papers.


Satisfaction of judgment


Paperwork by the judgment creditor that is filed with the court acknowledging that a debt has been paid.




The parties coming to an agreement between themselves without involving the judge or jury.




Delivering the court paperwork to the person who is being sued.


Statute of limitations

The period of time during which the judgment can be executed.

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