Dictionary of Legal Terms

Judgment Lien

A lien filed by a creditor that attaches to property of a judgment debtor (a debtor who has been ordered by the court to satisfy a debt to the creditor). When a money judgment is entered by a common pleas court, a lien automatically attaches to all real property of the judgment debtor in the county where the court is located. The lien does not attach to property in another county until the judgment is filed with the clerk of the common pleas court in that county. All money judgments of a municipal court or county court must be filed with the clerk of the common pleas court in order to have a judgment lien on real property of the judgment debtor. See lien, foreclosure.

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