When the Court issues a judgement for money, the prevailing party is referred to as the Judgment Creditor. The Judgment Creditor may or may not be the Plaintiff who initiated the original legal proceedings. Based on the judgement, money will be owed by the Judgment Debtor. The Judgment Debtor may or may not be the original Defendant in the case. Based on the judgment, the Court can issue a Writ of Execution. It is intended to help satisfy the money judgment on behalf of a Judgment Creditor (also known as a JC) with the help of the Sheriff.
This is a multi-step complex legal process that may require court hearings, additional deposits, clarifying instructions, claims, competing interests, and documentation. Because the Sheriff’s Levying Officer cannot provide legal advice, we recommend you have substantial legal knowledge or an attorney before pursuing this process. To open a Sheriff’s file for a Writ of Execution against a Judgement Debtor’s real property, deliver to the Sheriff’s Civil Unit:
The Levying Officer assigned to your Sheriff’s File will notify the Judgment Debtor of the Levy and potential sale of their property with information regarding their rights. The Levying Officer will notify the Judgment Creditor of their responsibilities and associated timelines. If the Judgment Creditor fails to comply with any required steps, the Levying Officer will release the subject property from levy and return any unused deposit.
At the conclusion of the Writ of Execution process, the Levying Officer will properly disburse any funds collected against the judgment, apply their costs and fees to the deposit, and return the Writ to court.
The Sheriff’s Office cannot provide legal advice.