PA 09-215—HB 6248

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIME LIMIT FOR ENFORCING A STATE COURT JUDGMENT IN A FOREIGN JURISDICTION

SUMMARY: This act allows a party to file a motion to revive a judgment for money damages in Superior Court. The court can grant the motion if it finds that the time period to enforce the judgment has not expired (see BACKGROUND). The act prohibits an order to revive from extending the time period to enforce the judgment already set by law. The act applies only to judgments issued by Connecticut courts, including small claims cases.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Time Periods for Enforcing Judgments

By law:

1. a court cannot issue an execution to enforce a judgment for money damages more than 20 years after the judgment was entered (10 years for a small claims case) and

2. no action can be instituted based on a judgment more than 25 years after the judgment was entered (15 years for a small claims case).

But there is no time limit for a judgment for damages in a personal injury action based on sexual assault where the party at fault was convicted of 1st degree sexual assault or 1st degree aggravated sexual assault (CGS 52-598).