After the court award you a judgment in your case, you may not know what your next step should be. A judgment is only an order. It does not make someone do something. It is your responsibility to enforce the judgment, according to the New York State Unified Court System. 

It is important to note that the court does not handle or manage collection efforts for a judgment. This is completely up to you, so you will need to put a plan in place for how to collect whatever the judge awarded you. In some cases, this may be as simple as asking the other party to pay. However, it is often not that easy. 

Collecting your award 

It is far more common for the other party to refuse to pay up. You will need to take proper steps under collection laws to collect the money due to you. This may include going to court again. 

Notifying the other party 

Before you can attempt to collect on the judgment, you will need to alert the other party. You do this by sending the other party a copy of the paperwork showing the order. The paperwork must also tell the other party about his or her right to appeal. He or she has 30 days to appeal, but you can start collection actions as soon as you serve the paper. 

After collection 

Once you collect on your judgment, you must file a document with the clerk of the court that states the other party satisfied the judgment. You have 20 days after the payment to do this.