A searchable index of civil judgments is now available on the Judiciary website, judiciary.state.nj.us.
“The online judgment index is one more way the courts are improving customer service,” said Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts. “Before, court users had to travel to the court house or to the Superior Court Clerk’s Office in Trenton to search the index. Now the information is available online to anyone, anywhere, at any time.”
The index allows anyone to find statewide judgment liens filed in New Jersey. It includes liens resulting from civil, criminal, and family cases, administrative agency judgments, defaulted child support payments, Motor Vehicles Commission surcharge debts, certificates of indebtedness from the office of the Public Defender, and unpaid probation fines.
One of the most common uses of the civil judgment database to search liens against real property before it is sold. The availability of the database online will make this process easier and will give buyers and sellers of real property the ability to find judgments in advance of their intended transactions.
Court users are encouraged to look themselves up on the system to confirm its accuracy regarding their open and closed statewide judgment liens. Users can call 609-421-6100 if they have questions or problems with the system.