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Levy Handbook

PHONE:  (540) 375-3040 or (540) 389-0978|HOURS:  M-F 8am-4:30pm |EMAIL:  ratkins@salemva.gov
JUROR LINE: (540) 224-8502|LOCATION:  2 East Calhoun Street, Salem, VA 24153

Winning a case in court is only the beginning of the process for collection of money that is owed to a plaintiff by the debtor. Unfortunately, in most cases the debtor does not normally pay up once the plaintiff has won. Therefore, it is up to the plaintiff to pursue the legal avenues available to them.

First and foremost, the judgment the plaintiff obtained is good for 10 years from the date of judgment, renewable for another 10 years, if obtained in a General District Court, and for 20 years from date of judgment, renewable for another 20 years, if obtained in a Circuit Court. This is the time in which the plaintiff can pursue the collection of the debt.

One often-used process is called the Writ of Fieri Facias. This is usually referred to as either a Writ of FiFa or Levy. This process authorizes the Sheriff to go to the debtor's residence and inventory and/or seize property for collection of the debt. The Writ of Fieri Facias is good for ninety (90) days from the date of issuance. This means the Sheriff has ninety (90) days in which to execute the process. It does not usually take ninety (90) days to execute, but some cases are more difficult than others and will take longer.