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Enforcing a judgment

If you want to enforce a judgment for the recovery of goods, you will need to file a Notice of Motion for a Writ for the Delivery of Goods with the Local Court. This allows the court to make an order that the sheriff go and collect the goods from the defendant.

If you want to enforce a judgment for a money amount, such as for payment of the value of the goods, for lost or damaged goods, for damages, or for costs, there are a number of options you can use, such as:

  • serving an Examination Notice to find out what property or money the defendant has
  • getting the Sheriff to sell the defendant's property
  • serving a Garnishee Order on the defendant's bank or employer.

For more information about what to do, see Enforcing a judgment in the 'Debt -small claims' topic of this website.

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Alert icon​The time limit for enforcing a judgment in the Local Court is 12 years.

For more information on time limits for getting your goods back, see Time limits.   You should get legal advice if you think you may be outside the time limit. ​