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Garnishee Order for D​​ebts - Step by step guide​

Icon - step by step guideGetting a Garn​ishee Order for Debts - Step by step guide 

Step 1: G​et ​th​e form 

You need two forms:

  • Form 69 - Notice of Motion - Garnishee Order.
  • Form 70 - Garnishee Order for Debts.

You can get copies of forms from:

Alert Icon The Notice of Motion has an Affidavit attached. ​

Step 2: Fil​​​l out and sign the Notice of Motion

You can fill out this form in neat handwriting in blue or black pen. You can also fill it out on your computer screen. The Guide to Completing Approved Forms has instructions on how to do this.

To fill out the Notice of Motion form you will need to have the following information ready:

  • your case number (you will find this on your stamped copy of the Statement of Claim)
  • date of the judgment
  • name of the judgment debtor
  • name of the proposed garnishee (the bank or third party who owes the debtor money)
  • total amount of the judgment
  • garnishee's address
  • enforcement costs you have paid since the date of judgment
  • amount of interest on the judgment debt since the day after the judgment was made by the court to the date you sign the Notice of Motion
  • service fee for the garnishee order (only if you intend to pay a process server to serve the garnishee order)
  • judgment debtor's bank account details, if relevant
  • details of earlier instalment order, if any.

For more information see Instructions for filling out a Notice of Motion - Garnishee Order.

To look at a completed form, see Sample Notice of Motion - Garnishee Order for Debts​.

When you have finished filling out the form you need to sign it in front of an approved witness. Approved witnesses include:

  • justices of the peace
  • solicitors
  • barristers

Alert Icon The Affidavit in support must be signed no more than 14 days before the date you file the Notice of Motion.

Step 3: Fill out​ Garnis​hee Order for Debts

You can fill out this form on your computer screen. The Guide to Completing Approved Forms has instructions on how to do this.

You can also fill it out in neat handwriting in blue or black pen.

To fill out the Garnishee Order form you will need to have the following information ready: ​

  • your case number (you will find this on your stamped copy of the Statement of Claim)
  • date of the judgment
  • name and address of the judgment debtor
  • name and address of the garnishee (the bank or third party who owes the debtor money)
  • total amount of the judgment
  • your contact details including address, telephone, fax and email.

For more information, see Instructions for filling out Garnishee Order for Debts​. To look at a completed form, see Sample Garnishee Order for Debts​.

Step 4: File the fo​rms at court

The final step is to take or send the Notice of Motion and the Garnishee Order for Debts to the same Local Court where the Statement of Claim was filed.

You should file an original and two extra copies of the Notice of Motion and the Garnishee Order for Debts. There is no filing fee.

Step 5: Serve the​ garnishee order on the garnishee

When the court makes the garnishee order, you then send or take a sealed (stamped) copy of the Garnishee Order to the garnishee (for example, the judgment debtor's bank). You do not have to give a copy to the judgment debtor.

Alert Icon Often the judgment debtor is not aware of the garnishee order until the money has been taken out of their bank account or they don't receive a payment they were expecting. This often leads to the judgment debtor applying to the court to pay by instalments.

For more information see Garnishee Orders - Frequently Asked Questions​.