Judgment Collection (Writ of Execution)
Writs of execution are orders that are issued by the district court. These orders direct the Sheriff’s Office to collect a judgment. Writs of execution must be directed to the sheriff’s office of the county in which the assets to satisfy the judgment are located. Assets may be personal or real property. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 550 applies to writs of execution.
The writ of execution document is valid for 180 days after the date it is issued. The judgment on which it is based is usually valid for 10 years and can be renewed by additional court action. It is the responsibility of the judgment creditor to locate assets belonging to the judgment debtor that can be levied upon (seized) to satisfy the judgment. The most common procedures are wage levies and bank/financial institution levies.