Title 78B Chapter 5 Section 201

Judicial Code
Procedure and Evidence
Section 201
Definitions -- Judgment recorded in Registry of Judgments.

            

78B-5-201.   Definitions -- Judgment recorded in Registry of Judgments.

            (1) For purposes of this part, "Registry of Judgments" means the index where a judgment is filed and searchable by the name of the judgment debtor through electronic means or by tangible document.

            (2) On or after July 1, 1997, a judgment entered in a district court does not create a lien upon or affect the title to real property unless the judgment is filed in the Registry of Judgments of the office of the clerk of the district court of the county in which the property is located.

            (3) (a) On or after July 1, 2002, except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), a judgment entered in a district court does not create a lien upon or affect the title to real property unless the judgment or an abstract of judgment is recorded in the office of the county recorder in which the real property of the judgment debtor is located.

            (b) State agencies are exempt from the recording requirement of Subsection (3)(a).

            (4) In addition to the requirements of Subsections (2) and (3)(a), any judgment that is filed in the Registry of Judgments on or after September 1, 1998, or any judgment or abstract of judgment that is recorded in the office of a county recorder after July 1, 2002, shall include:

            (a) the information identifying the judgment debtor on the judgment or abstract of judgment; or

            (b) a copy of the separate information statement of the judgment creditor that contains:

            (i) the correct name and last-known address of each judgment debtor and the address at which each judgment debtor received service of process;

            (ii) the name and address of the judgment creditor;

            (iii) the amount of the judgment as filed in the Registry of Judgments;

            (iv) if known, the judgment debtor's Social Security number, date of birth, and driver's license number if a natural person; and

            (v) whether or not a stay of enforcement has been ordered by the court and the date the stay expires.

            (5) For the information required in Subsection (4), the judgment creditor shall:

            (a) provide the information on the separate information statement if known or available to the judgment creditor from its records, its attorney's records, or the court records in the action in which the judgement was entered; or

            (b) state on the separate information statement that the information is unknown or unavailable.

            (6) (a) Any judgment that requires payment of money and is entered in a district court on or after September 1, 1998, or any judgment or abstract of judgment recorded in the office of a county recorder after July 1, 2002, that does not include the debtor identifying information as required in Subsection (4) is not a lien until a separate information statement of the judgment creditor is recorded in the office of a county recorder in compliance with Subsections (4) and (5).

            (b) The separate information statement of the judgment creditor referred to in Subsection (6)(a) shall include:

            (i) the name of any judgment creditor, debtor, assignor, or assignee;

            (ii) the date on which the judgment was recorded in the office of the county recorder as described in Subsection (4); and

            (iii) the county recorder's entry number and book and page of the recorded judgment.

            (7) A judgment that requires payment of money recorded on or after September 1, 1998, but prior to July 1, 2002, has as its priority the date of entry, except as to parties with actual or constructive knowledge of the judgment.

            (8) A judgment or notice of judgment wrongfully filed against real property is subject to Title 38, Chapter 9, Wrongful Liens and Wrongful Judgment Liens.

            (9) (a) To release, assign, renew, or extend a lien created by a judgment recorded in the office of a county recorder, a person shall, in the office of the county recorder of each county in which an instrument creating the lien is recorded, record a document releasing, assigning, renewing, or extending the lien.

            (b) The document described in Subsection (9)(a) shall include:

            (i) the date of the release, assignment, renewal, or extension;

            (ii) the name of any judgment creditor, debtor, assignor, or assignee; and

            (iii) for the county in which the document is recorded in accordance with Subsection (9)(a):

            (A) the date on which the instrument creating the lien was recorded in that county's office of the county recorder; and

            (B) in accordance with Section 57-3-106, that county recorder's entry number and book and page of the recorded instrument creating the judgment lien.


Amended by Chapter 88, 2011 General Session