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How to pay a judgment
You must pay the money directly to the judgment "creditor" (the party who won the case.) When you pay the creditor:
- ask the creditor to sign a "Satisfaction of Judgment" (click Forms to download that form or pick up one up the court);
- if payment is made in cash, file the Satisfaction with the Court within 10 days;
- if payment is made any other way, file the Satisfaction within 30 days.
- a Satisfactions of Judgment must be notarized and there is a filing fee to file it with the court.
Filing the Satisfaction of Judgment will clear the judgment against those parties named in the judgment. The court record will not show the judgment has been satisfied until this document is filed with the court.
- Judgment records are public information and credit bureaus routinely search them.
- Failure to pay a judgment before the date it becomes final may negatively affect a debtor's credit score.