What is a Judgment Debtor?

The losing party to a lawsuit who owes money to the winning party is called a judgment debtor. If the judgment isn't paid, the winning party, called the judgment creditor, may get an "Order for Examination of Judgment Debtor." This is a procedure used to find out where the judgment debtor works, keeps money, and what assets he or she possesses.

The order for examination will be served on the debtor along with a subpoena to appear in court and often is accompanied with a request to bring documents related to wages, bank accounts, and other holdings. The judgment debtor must appear in court to answer questions by the creditor's lawyer. The judgment debtor must comply with the order by appearing in court or a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

Relevant legal forms include:

  • Motion for Examination of Judgment Debtor(s) Order for Examination
  • Order for Appearance and Examination of Judgment Debtor

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