Idaho Foreign Judgments Law

Judgments – Foreign Judgments – Idaho

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“FOREIGN JUDGMENT” DEFINED.
In this act “foreign judgment” means any judgment, decree, or order of a court of the United States or of any other court or an order of an administrative body of any state regarding the support of a child, spouse, or former spouse or the establishment of paternity which is entitled to full faith and credit in this state.  Title 10, Chap. 13, §10-1301.

FILING OF FOREIGN JUDGMENT WITH CLERK OF DISTRICT COURT — EFFECT OF FILING.
A copy of any foreign judgment certified in accordance with the act of congress or the statutes of this state may be filed in the office of the clerk of any district court of any county of this state. The clerk shall treat the foreign judgment in the same manner as a judgment of the district court of this state. A judgment so filed has the same effectand is subject to the same procedures, defenses and  proceedings for reopening, vacating, or staying as a judgment of a district court of this state and may be enforced or satisfied in like manner, with the following exceptions:

(1)  The terms of a judgment providing for the custody of a minor child may not be modified, vacated, reopened nor stayed unless the court has assumed jurisdiction of the case under the uniform child custody jurisdiction act, chapter 11, title 32, Idaho Code.
(2)  The terms of a judgment providing for the support of a minor child may not be modified, vacated, reopened nor stayed unless the court has personal jurisdiction over all the parties; and the registration of a judgment providing for the support of a minor child for the purposes of enforcing that judgment shall not constitute submitting to the personal jurisdiction of the court.  Title 10, Chap. 13, §10-1302.

AFFIDAVIT CONTAINING NAME AND ADDRESS OF JUDGMENT DEBTOR AND CREDITOR– NOTICE OF FILING — WHEN PROCESS FOR ENFORCEMENT MAY ISSUE.

(a) At the time of the filing of the foreign judgment, the judgment creditor or his lawyer shall make and file with the clerk of court an affidavit setting forth the name and last known post-office address of the judgment debtor, and the judgment creditor.
(b)  Promptly upon the filing of the foreign judgment and the affidavit, the clerk shall mail notice of the filing of the foreign judgment to the judgment debtor at the address given and shall make a note of the mailing in the docket. The notice shall include the name and post office address of the judgment creditor and the judgment creditor’s lawyer if any in this state. In addition, the judgment creditor may mail a notice of the filing of the judgment to the judgment debtor and may file proof of mailing with the clerk. Lack of notice of filing by the clerk shall not affect the enforcement proceedings if proof of mailing by the judgment creditor has been filed.
(c)  No execution or other process for enforcement of a foreign judgment filed hereunder shall issue until five (5) days after the date the judgment is filed.  Title 10, Chap. 13. §10-1303.

STAY OF EXECUTION.

(a) If the judgment debtor shows the district court that an appeal from the foreign judgment is pending or will be taken, or that a stay of execution has been granted, the court shall stay enforcement of the foreign judgment until the appeal is concluded, the time for appeal expires, or until the stay of execution expires or is vacated, upon proof that the judgment debtor has furnished the security for the satisfaction of the judgment required by the law of the state in which it was rendered.
(b)  If the judgment debtor shows the district court any ground upon which enforcement of a judgment of any district court of this state would be stayed, the court shall stay enforcement of the foreign judgment for an appropriate period, upon requiring the same security for satisfaction of the judgment which is required in this state.  Title 10, Chap 13, §10-1304.

FEES.
Any person filing a foreign judgment shall pay to the clerk of the court seven dollars ($7.00). Fees for docketing, transcription or other enforcement proceedings shall be as provided for judgments of the district court of this state.  Title 10, Chap. 13, §10-1305.

ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES UNIMPAIRED.
The right of a judgment creditor to bring an action to enforce his judgment instead of proceeding under this act remains unimpaired.  Title 10, Chap. 13, §10-1306.

RECORDING OF FILED JUDGMENT.
A foreign judgment filed under this act shall not become a lien as provided in section 10-1110, Idaho Code, unless a transcript or abstract thereof, certified by the clerk of the Idaho court in which it has been filed, which certificate shall be made more than five (5) days after the filing of such judgment as provided in section 10-1303, Idaho Code, which judgment has not been stayed as provided by law, has been recorded with the recorder of any county of this state in the manner provided by section 10-1110, Idaho Code, and upon  said recording shall be a lien from the date thereof.  Title 10, Chap. 13, 10-1306A.

UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION OF ACT.
This act shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law of those states which enact it.  Title 10, Chap. 13, §10-1307.

CITATION OF ACT.
This act may be cited as the “Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act.”  Title 10, Chap. 13, §10-1308.

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