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Enforcing a judgment

If the court has made orders in your case and your employer has not followed them, there are things you can do to try and force them to follow the orders. This process is called 'enforcement'.

How do you enforce a judgment?

You can ask the court to make an order that the judgment be enforced by:

  • taking some of your employer's wages or salary (called a garnishee order for wages or salary)
  • taking money from your employer's bank account or having a third party who owes your employer money pay you directly (called a garnishee order for a debt)
  • getting the sheriff to sell your employer's property to pay you (called a writ for levy of property).

If the judgment debt is more than $5000 and your employer is an individual, you can have them declared bankrupt by applying to the court. However, this is an expensive and complex way of enforcing the judgment and you should get legal advice before taking this action.

If you employer is a company, it can be wound up. To wind up a company you must show that it is insolvent (unable to pay its debts). This can be done by issuing a statutory demand. If the judgment debtor company does not respond to a statutory demand within 21 days you can file an application for a winding up order in the Supreme Court. This is an expensive and complex way of enforcing the debt and you should get legal advice before taking this action.

You may also be able to register the orders made by the court as a judgment in the Local Court of NSW. You should get legal advice about whether you are able to do this.

You will need to complete a 'Form 45: Registration or Filing of (Certificate of) Judgment/Order'. You can get copies of this form from:

After you complete the form, you will need to attach Federal Circuit Court order and file the form at any Local Court. The filing fee is $86.00 for an individual and $172.00 for a corporation (as at July 2014). Once the order is registered, it will have the same effect as a judgment of the Local Court.

Icon: Hint  If you are able to register the orders as a judgment of the Local Court of NSW, you can then enforce the judgment using the procedures set out in the After the case section of the 'Debt - small claims' topic of this website.

 Enforcing court decisions is complicated and you should get legal advice about the best steps to take.