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 your money.
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 days).
To renew a judgment:
- Review Code of Civil Procedure sections 683.010 to 683.220.
- You must use the Application for and Renewal of Judgment (Form 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 renewed.