The Judgment Group

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Garnishing the defendant's wages

Garnishing the defendant's wages means that a portion of the judgment debtor's pay will be diverted to pay the judgment until the judgment is paid in full.

The first step in garnishing someone's wages is filing a Request for Garnishment on Wages, Form DC-CV-065 (Rev. 12/2014).  To complete the form you need to know the name and address of the defendant's employer, the amount of the principal judgment award as well as any additional money owed such as court costs, post-judgment interest and legal fees.


If you submit the proper information, the clerk of the court will issue an official Writ of Garnishment.  If the writ is issued, the defendant's employer (known as the garnishee) must be legally served with the writ, which instructs the garnishee to withhold a portion of the defendant's wages to satisfy the judgment. The defendant/garnishee has 30 days to file an answer to the Writ of Garnishment. The answer must include the defendant's rate of pay as well as any other attachments or garnishments as attachments are satisfied in the order in whey they're served on the garnishee.

While a garnishment might not take effect immediately, it's valid for as long as the defendant remains with the same employer and the judgment remains unpaid. Maryland Rules require the garnishee provide the withheld wages within 15 days of the close of the defendant's last pay period each month.