Area of Law: Small Claims Court
Answer # 563
What is a Certificate of Judgment?Region: Ontario Answer # 563
If a judge orders someone to pay you money, and the debtor refuses to pay you, you can usually collect it through the court where the trial occurred.
Under some circumstances, the creditor will require proof of judgment to collect the debt. For example, if the creditor wants to:
- garnish the debtor’s wages,
- sell the debtor’s personal property or land, or
- collect the debt through a court in a different jurisdiction because the debtor does not live or carry on business in the same area in which the case was tried.
In such cases, the creditor will require proof of judgment in the form of a Certificate of Judgment from the originating court. The Certificate must then be filed in the court office where the judgment will be enforced. A fee is required for each Certificate that is issued.
A Certificate of Judgment form may be obtained at the Small Claims Court office or online from the Ministry of the Attorney General, Rules of the Small Claims Court Forms.
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