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Registry in the Judgment Roll

Staff at the Land Registration Office will record all judgments in the Judgment Roll for you. Nova Scotia maintains 18 Judgments rolls, there is a registration fee for each judgment recorded and each Certificate of Judgment renewal registered in a Judgment Roll.

The Judgment Roll is a computerized index of judgments for a particular county which can be searched by the name of the Judgment Debtor.

Recording a judgment in the Judgment Roll for a particular county will affect the judgment debtor’s ability to buy, sell or mortgage land in that county.

A judgment recorded in a Judgment Roll is only effective in that county. In order to attach a judgment to land owned by the judgment debtor elsewhere in the province, the judgment must be recorded in other LROs where land owned by the judgment debtor is situated.

A judgment may be recorded in any of the 18 Judgment Rolls, even if the debtor does not presently own land, in case they might at some point in the future.

The Certificate of Judgment will include:

  • Court file number;
  • Name of the court;
  • Seal of the Court; and
  • Signature of the Court Official,
Note: Must be prepared and signed by the Prothonotary before it is submitted to the LRO.

What to bring with you:

All judgments are recorded for you by the Land Registration Officers. In order to have your judgment registered, your must bring in:
  1. The Certificate of Judgment prepared and signed by the Prothonary
  2. The full name (First, Middle and Last Name) and address of the judgment creditor
  3. The full name (First, Middle and Last Name) and address of the judgment debtor
  4. Information that tends to distinguish the judgment debtor from all other persons of the same or similar name (this may include date of birth)
  5. The judgment amount ordered
  6. The names of the lawyers for both parties if applicable.

Length of Registration

Judgments are valid for five years from the date of the judgment and may be renewed three times, each time for an additional five-year period.

Expiry and Renewal

It is the responsibility of the Judgment Creditor to keep track of when the judgment’s recording will expire. No notification will be sent to the judgment creditor.

To renew a judgment the judgment creditor must prepare and record a Certificate of Judgment Renewal, before the judgment recording expires. There is no additional 30 day period following expiry during which the registration can be renewed as there is under the Personal Property Security Act.

If a judgment is not renewed within the five year term, it cannot be renewed or re-recorded.

Satisfied judgments

A recorded judgment will be deemed removed from the Judgment Roll when a Certificate of Satisfaction is recorded.

Satisfied judgments and judgments that have expired and have not been renewed will be removed automatically. When a judgment is removed from the Judgment Roll, it is archived and is no longer viewable by the public.

Judgments may be fully or partially released.

Additional Information

For more information about enforcing judgments and other court processes, please feel free to contact the closest Court Administration Office, or your local Land Registration Office.