Certify Record, & Docket


Q: Final Judgment, what is it?

A: The final judgment is exactly what it sounds like- the final decision of the judge, recorded in files that are saved with the Office fo the Clerk of Courts.

Q: What does the final judgment have to contain?

  • The address and social security number (if known) of every person the judgment involves.
  • The address of the plaintiff.
  • The rate f interest of the time of the judgment.

Q: On a final judgment, what is the rate of interest?

A: On December 1st of each year, the comptroller must set a rate of interest that will be payable on judgment and decrees for the year starting the the upcoming January 1st.

Certifying your judgment:


Q: What is the first thing you need to do when certifying your judgment?

A: You must obtain a certified copy of the final judgment at the location of where your case was head.

Q: How much does it cost to obtain a certified copy of a final judgment?

A: $1.00 per page and $1.50 to get it certified.

Recording your certified copy


Q: Why do you need to record your certified copy?

A: In order to receive a judgment lien on real property.

Q: Why is a judgment lien needed?

A: A judgment lien offers to judgment creditor the right to continue against the property of the debtor through the writ of execution, garnishment, or other judicial process.

Q: What do you do with the certified copy of a judgment?

A: Take it to the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court, Recording Section. Have it recorded with an affidavit including the creditor’s address, if not on the final judgment.

Q: When does an order, judgment, or decree become a lien?

A: When the certified copy is recorded in the official records or in the judgment lien record of given county.

Q: What is the cost of recording your judgment?

A: $10.00 for the first page. Additional pages are $8.50 each.

Q: What does recording your judgment do?

A: Recording a judgment gives you a lien against real property in Miami-Dade County that a debtor either owes now or in the future.

Q: Where else can you record your judgment?

A: A judgment can be recorded in any other county that a debtor owns real property.

Q: Is the debtor’s credit affected by recording a judgment?

A: Yes. It will be reported as negative history on their credit report.

Q: Can you receive a judgment after 20 years?

A: Yes.
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