Glossary of Small Claims Terminology
Continuance -- Postponement of a hearing to a later date.
Defendant -- The person who is being sued.
Execution -- An order by the court directing the sheriff to seize the judgment debtor’s property, sell it and apply the money to the judgment
against the debtor.
Garnishment -- A proceeding to obtain property, wages or money owed to the judgment debtor by a third person and apply it to the amount owed
the judgment creditor.
Judgment -- The official decision or order of the court.
Judgment Creditor -- The person for whom the judgment is entered; the person who wins the lawsuit.
Judgment Debtor -- The person against whom the judgment is entered; the person who loses the lawsuit.
Plaintiff -- The person who files a lawsuit.