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Default judgment - Frequently Asked Questions​


​1. W​hat is a default judgment?​​​​

A default judgment is a judgment given by the court against the defendant without a hearing. If the defendant has not filed a Defence or paid the debt in full within 28 days of being served with the Statement of Claim, you can apply for default judgment against the defendant. For more information, see Default judgment.


2. Can someone help me with the forms​ to get a default judgment?

Local Court staff can provide information on Local Court forms and procedures. However, they cannot give legal advice.

Most full-time Local Court registries have a registrar or deputy registrar who can provide information, assistance and guidance to members of the public on Local Court procedures. This is the 'chamber service'.

The chamber service may be able to help you prepare a Notice of Motion -Default Judgment for Liquidated Claim.

You can find the contact details for your nearest Local Court in NSW.

For other options to get help with forms see Need more help?  

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3. How do I work out how much ​interest to claim?

For instructions and examples on working out interest, go to Interest, filing and service fees.

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4. Do I have to go to court?​​​

You need to file your Notice of Motion - Default Judgment for Liquidated Claim and Affidavit of Service at the Local Court where you filed the Statement of Claim. This can be done in person or by post. You do not have to attend court when your application for default judgment is considered. You will be sent a copy of the default judgment in the mail.

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5. Do I have to notify the defendant?​​

No, you do not have to notify the defendant that you have applied for a default judgment against them.


6. What can I do when I get the default​ judgment?

When you get a default judgment, the debt is called a judgment debt. You are the judgment creditor and the defendant is the judgment debtor.

You can contact the defendant (judgment debtor) and ask them to pay the judgment debt. If they cannot or will not pay, you can take enforcement action.

Enforcement action can be:

  • having money deducted from the judgment debtor's wages or bank account (Garnishee Order)
  • having the judgment debtor's property seized and sold to pay the debt (Writ for Levy of Property)
  • having the debtor declared bankrupt
  • having the debtor company wound up.

For more information, see After the case.