<p>NEW JERSEY JUDICIARY
Superior Court of New Jersey
Special Civil Part
Collecting a Money Judgment
f money is owed you because you have been awarded a judgment in the Special Civil Part,
you are a judgment creditor. You should contact the person who owes you the money (the
judgment debtor) to discuss payment. Payments sometimes are made on the day of the court
hearing or over time. If you do not receive the money that is owed you, there are several ways
the court can help you collect it.
Although the court will try to help you collect the money owed to you, it cannot guarantee
your debt will be paid. The forms for the different methods of collection outlined in this brochure
are available from the Office of the Clerk of the Special Civil Part in the county where the case
was heard. A complaint packet for self-represented litigants with accompanying instructions is
available from the clerk’s office and is available on the Internet at njcourtsonline.com.
Execution On Goods And Chattels (Personal Property)
An execution on goods and chattels lets the court try to collect the money owed on a
judgment from the debtor's bank account or personal property. (Real estate cannot be used to
collect money owed in the Special Civil Part.) You must locate and identify the debtor's personal
property that can be used to satisfy your judgment. You may, for example, ask that a court
officer try to sell personal items such as office equipment, etc., at a public sale. The debtor may
keep $1,000 worth of personal property.
If the debtor does not have $1,000 in personal property, this method cannot be used to satisfy
your judgment and to collect the money owed to you.
If you ask that the court officer seize the debtor's motor vehicle, you must be able to show
that the vehicle is registered in the name of the debtor. This is done by getting a certified copy of
the title and a certified lien search from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.