Winning a judgment in justice court does not mean you will automatically get the money owed to you. The creditor may need to take certain legal action to try and collect the debt. Check out the following subpages to learn more about the different options available.
For those who had a judgment issued against them for a debt, check out our Debt Collection research guide for resources on your rights as a debtor.
For creditors who want to collect on a judgment issued by a court from another state or foreign country, they must first have their judgment "domesticated" here in Texas. Once domesticated, they may then try to collect the debt owed to them here in Texas.
Judgments awarded in Texas to a non-government creditor are generally valid for ten years but can be renewed for longer. If a judgment is not renewed, it will become dormant.
A creditor can request to revive a dormant judgment to continue to try and collect the debt. However, you generally only have two years in which to try and revive a dormant judgment.