Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Judgments: Duration, Perfection and Domestication

January 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Laurin S. Schweet

(First of Three Parts)

Entry of Judgments

A judgment of a Washington superior court is entered when it is delivered to the clerk’s office for filing. RCW 6.01.020. However, RCW 4.64.030 provides that the clerk may not enter a judgment and the judgment does not take effect until there is a judgment summary. A judgment for the payment of money, including foreign judgments, judgments in rem, mandates of judgment, and judgments on garnishments must contain the following:

1. Judgment creditor and name of his or her attorney;

2. Judgment debtor;

3. Amount of the judgment;

4. Interest owed to the date of the judgment;...

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