If you have judgment for a payment of an amount of money from another state or territory, and the other party does not
pay and has assets (property or money) in New South Wales, it is possible to
enforce this decision in NSW. You will need to register the judgment in an
equivalent NSW court. Generally an equivalent court is determined by the amount
of money owed in the judgment. For example, if the judgment is less than
$100,000, you can register the judgment in a NSW Local Court.
Before enforcing a judgment in NSW, it is a good idea to get legal advice.
You need to get a document that confirms the judgment
that has been made by the court. The document must have the official seal of
the court issuing the judgment. This is called a 'sealed copy of the judgment'.
You can contact the court where the original judgment is made to request a sealed copy by telephone or in writing. There may be a fee involved depending on the state or territory where you got the judgment.
Once you have a sealed copy of the judgment you need to take it to a Local Court. The sealed judgment will be registered as a judgment of the Local Court.
You will need to complete one form:
You can get a copy of the form from:
the Uniform Civil Procedure rules (UCPR) website.
You can also file a copy of the form online using the NSW Online Registry website.
For a video guide on registering the judgment using the NSW Online Registry, see How to register a Certificate of Judgment or Order in the NSW Courts on the NSW Online Registry Youtube website.
Instruction: Instructions for filling out Registration or filing of (certificate of) judgment/order
After you complete the form, you will need to attach the sealed copy of the judgment. You can file the form at any Local Court. The filing fee is $92 for an individual and $184 for a corporation (as at 1 July 2017).
Once the order is registered, it will have the same effect as a judgment of the Local Court.
Once you have a registered judgment, you can start enforcement action to try to get money you are owed.
You will be called the 'judgment creditor'. The respondent will be called the 'judgment debtor'.
Enforcement action may include:
There are fees for taking some of these steps.
For more information on how you can enforce a judgment, see Enforcement.