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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.

More information about judgments can be found from the Ministry of the Attorney General. View the Ontario Courts of Justice Act for Postjudgement and Prejudgement Interest Rates.

If you are having financial difficulties and want to clear your debt and repair your credit, you can get help. For easy-to-understand debt solutions on your terms, contact our preferred experts 4Pillars and rebuild your financial future. With 60 locations across Canada, they will help you design a debt repayment plan and guide you with compassionate advice. No judgment. For help, visit 4Pillars or call toll-free 1-844-888-0442 .

If you are having legal difficulties because of a past criminal record and wish to erase your record, call toll-free 1-888-808-3628 or learn more at Pardon Partners. It’s easier than you think.

For legal advice and assistance with collecting a judgment, or for any Small Claims Court matter, contact our preferred experts, George Brown Professional Corporation .


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