Post-Judgment Collection

A “judgment” is a court document which sets forth the obligations of the parties to each other. When a money judgment is issued after a dog bite trial, the case is “over” except for collection of the funds themselves. Sometimes the defendant does not pay the amount required by the judgment. For a general description of what the plaintiff must do to get his money, see Flippen, Nicole, Post-Judgment Collection Techniques

California statutes on post-judgment collection

The Code of Civil Procedure provides judgment creditors in California with a variety of collection tools. The statutes begin at CCP 680.010. Enforcement of money judgments begins at CCP 695.010. An interest in a trust can be reached by a judgment creditor. (CCP 695.030.) 

Interest on a judgment accrues at 10% per annum. When money is collected, it is credited toward costs and interest first, and reduction of principal last. (CCP 695.210.) 

Interrogatories and production demands

708.020.  (a) The judgment creditor may propound written
interrogatories to the judgment debtor, in the manner provided in
Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 2030.010) of Title 4 of Part 4,
requesting information to aid in enforcement of the money judgment.
The judgment debtor shall answer the interrogatories in the manner
and within the time provided by Chapter 13 (commencing with Section
2030.010) of Title 4 of Part 4.
   (b) The judgment creditor may not serve interrogatories pursuant
to this section within 120 days after the judgment debtor has
responded to interrogatories previously served pursuant to this
section or within 120 days after the judgment debtor has been
examined pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 708.110), and
the judgment debtor is not required to respond to any
interrogatories so served.
   (c) Interrogatories served pursuant to this section may be
enforced, to the extent practicable, in the same manner as
interrogatories in a civil action.
   (d) The limitation provided by Chapter 13 (commencing with Section
2030.010) of Title 4 of Part 4 on the number of interrogatories that
may be propounded applies to each set of interrogatories propounded
from time to time pursuant to this section, but does not apply
cumulatively to interrogatories propounded by the judgment creditor
to the judgment debtor.


708.030.  (a) The judgment creditor may demand that any judgment
debtor produce and permit the party making the demand, or someone
acting on that party's behalf, to inspect and to copy a document that
is in the possession, custody, or control of the party on whom the
demand is made in the manner provided in Chapter 14 (commencing with
Section 2031.010) of Title 4 of Part 4, if the demand requests
information to aid in enforcement of the money judgment. The judgment
debtor shall respond and comply with the demand in the manner and
within the time provided by Chapter 14 (commencing with Section
2031.010) of Title 4 of Part 4.
   (b) The judgment creditor may not serve interrogatories or
inspection demands pursuant to this section or Section 708.020 within
120 days after the judgment debtor has responded to the
interrogatories or demands previously served pursuant to this section
or Section 708.020, or within 120 days after the judgment debtor has
been examined pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section
708.110), and the judgment debtor is not required to respond to any
discovery so served.
   (c) Inspection demands served pursuant to this section may be
enforced to the extent practicable, in the same manner as inspection
demands in a civil action.