Money judgments automatically expire
(run out) after 10 years. To prevent this from happening, you as the
judgment creditor must file a request for renewal of the judgment with
the court BEFORE the 10 years run out. If the judgment is not renewed,
it will not be enforceable any longer and you will not be able to get
Once a judgment has been renewed, it cannot be renewed again until at
least 5 years later. But make sure it is renewed at least every 10 years
or it will expire.
When the judgment is renewed, the interest that has accrued will be
added to the principal amount owing. From that point on you are entitled
to interest on the accrued interest.
- For example, let’s say you have a judgment for $20,000 and after
nearly 10 years the debtor has not paid you anything. The judgment
accrues daily interest of $5.48 ($20,000 x 10% = $2,000; $2,000 ÷
365 days gives you the daily interest). You seek to renew the
judgment after about 9 years and 10 months, or exactly 3,605 days.
The accrued interest is $19,755.40 (3,605 days x $5.48).
Once that interest is added to the original judgment, a renewed
judgment of $39,755.40 can be entered. The new daily interest will
accrue at a rate of $10.89/day ($39,755.40 x 10% = $3,975.54 ÷ 365
To renew a judgment:
- Review Code of Civil Procedure sections
- You must use the Application for and Renewal of Judgment
EJ-190) and Notice of Renewal of Judgment (Form
EJ-195). The Notice of Renewal of Judgment must
be personally served on the debtor or served by first-class mail.
Liens created at the time of the original judgment also must be