A judgment is the court decision that the debtor owes a certain sum of money.
A judgment is valid for 12 years in Maryland, but it can be renewed for an additional 12 years. There is no limit to the number of times a judgment can be renewed.
In addition to the principal amount of the debt there are often additional amounts granted by the court, such as:
In Maryland, the interest rate is 10% for most judgments, and 6% for non-commercial real estate judgments like landlord-tenant disputes.
The law requires payments to be applied in the following order:
Debtors/Defendants are served a copy of the suit. Debtors/Defendants can be served by a Sheriff, Constable, private process server, or by certified mail. However, there is no requirement for pre-judgment service in the case of a Confessed Judgment. In all cases the court sends out a notice to all parties when the judgment is granted or recorded. In addition, when J.P. Jensen was directed to collect your judgment, we sent a letter to your last known address.
The Court provides opportunities to object:
There are two types of garnishment.
Your payroll department calculates the amount. Contact them to learn the exact amount. For the guidelines your payroll department uses see the Wage Garnishment section of this website.
Call us. We may be able to make an adjustment for you.
We attempt to collect from all parties against whom a judgment was granted. However, we are not always successful in finding contact and/or employment information for all Debtors.
Every month a payment is received we send a Judgment Creditor’s Monthly Report to both the debtor and the employer that lists all payments received in that month. It explains how the payments are credited to the debt and giving the new balance due.
When the balance is paid in full a Notice of Satisfaction is filed with the court. Copies of the notice of Satisfaction are also sent to you and your employer (or bank). The Satisfaction document notifies them that the account has been paid in full and no more money should be withheld.