Writs of Execution
About Writs of Execution
Writs of Execution are orders issued by Court for Judgments. It is the responsibility of the judgment creditor or their attorney to locate the assets of the judgment debtor. The most common levies done by the Civil Unit are wage or bank levies. Only one levy will be processed at a time.
Go to: Civil Process > Forms & Fees > Wage or Bank Levy Form & Instructions
Bank Accounts (Natural Persons and Corporations)
A third party levy on a bank account(s) is generally served within two to four business days upon receipt of the Writ of Execution by the Civil Division. Funds on deposit in the account(s) are frozen as of the date of service. Financial institutions respond by mail to the Civil Division approximately 30 days (14-21 days for corporate accounts) after date of service. At that time, if a check is received from the bank, it is deposited and within two weeks the funds are remitted to you (judgment creditor / attorney) by mail in the form of a Sheriff’s Office check. The Writ of Execution expires 180 days from the date it is issued by the court.
A third party levy on wages is served generally within two to four business days upon receipt of the Writ of Execution by the Civil Division. The Writ of Execution expires 180 days from the date it is issued by the court. However, the employer may stop garnishment after the first 70 days. You must notify the Civil Unit if you wish to continue the garnishment for the 2nd 70 days. You will need to pay the service fee and $15.00 fee to the employer. At the end of the 2nd 70 days, the file will be closed and any funds collected will be mailed to you approximately two to three weeks after the last check is received. If the judgment is not fully satisfied, and the judgment debtor is still employed, you must obtain a new Writ of Execution from the Clerk of Court and deliver it to the Civil Division and start the process over again.
*Sheriff's fees are added to judgment amount to be collected.