Registration of interstate judgment
A judgement for the payment of money from interstate may be registered and enforced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
A judgment from interstate that is greater than $100,000 must be registered with the County Court of Victoria. See the County Court website for more information.
When an interstate judgment is registered, all enforcement options to claim unpaid debt is made available.
Court can be a complex and costly process and you should seek legal advice before registering an interstate judgment. You may also wish to speak to the other party to try and resolve the dispute. The steps below provide general information about the application process. It does not cover all scenarios, nor does it constitute legal advice.
STEP 1: Get a sealed or certified copy of the judgment
Contact the court where the original judgment was made and ask for a sealed or certified copy of the judgement.
There may be a court fee depending on the state or territory where the judgment was made.
STEP 2: File the judgment and pay the court fee
File the sealed or certified intestate judgement with the Magistrates’ Court closest to the debtor’s home address.
A filing fee is also payable upon lodgement.
An affidavit in support of enforcement – Form 3C, should be filed at the same time as the sealed or certified interstate judgement. This form must be filed with the court before any enforcement action can start.
STEP 3: Notice of registration
The Magistrates’ Court will mail a notice of interstate registration to you within 10 business days.
What happens next?
Once an interstate order is registered, all enforcement options in Victoria are available to enforce the judgment.
- Get a sealed or certified copy of the judgment from the interstate court.
- Complete a:
File with the Magistrates’ Court, closest to the debtor’s address:
- a sealed or certified copy of the judgment
- affidavit in support of enforcement.
A filing fee is payable upon lodgement of the forms.
- Wait for the Magistrates’ Court to mail a notice of interstate registration.
This is not a full list of legislation associated with this topic. See the Victorian Government's legislation website for more information.