How to get a Writ of Execution

To collect money from the other side's bank account or their paycheck, you first need a filed Writ of Execution from the court. This tells the sheriff to go to the other side's bank or employer and have them give the sheriff money from the other side's bank account or paycheck to give to you.


Once you have a Writ, then you need to fill out more forms that say how much money and where to take it from.

Before you start

You can have interest and collection costs added to what's owed

If you've spent money trying to collect what the judge said you're owed, you can ask to have those costs added to what you're already owed. You can also have interest added.

To have interest and costs added, you must fill out, file, and serve a Memorandum of Costs after Judgment, Acknowledgment of Credit, and Declaration of Accrued Interest (form MC-012).

If you're asking to add more than $100 to what's owed, it's usually easiest to do this before you start the writ process. If you're asking for less than $100, you can file your Memorandum of Costs when you turn in the Writ.

How to get costs and interest added

How to get a Writ of Execution

  • Fill out the court form

    This tells the sheriff to collect money for you. 

  • Bring to court clerk to issue and pay fee

    • Bring your completed Writ of Execution to the court clerk.
    • Pay a $40 fee. This can be added to the amount you are owed. If you can’t afford the fee, you can ask the clerk for a fee waiver.

    The clerk will stamp and date the Writ of Execution (have it issued).

    Your Writ of Execution expires in 180 days. 

    You need to take the next steps to collect your money within 180 days. If you don't, the Writ of Execution will expire and you will need to start over and get a new one issued.
  • Give Writ to Sheriff with more instructions

    After you have a Writ of Execution, you will send it with more instructions to the sheriff so they can try to collect the money owed. Which forms and instructions you give depend if you're collecting from the bank or employer.

    Get instructions to: 


    Collect from paycheck


    Collect from bank account

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