2015 ORS 18.180¹
Expiration of judgment remedies in circuit court

(1) Judgment remedies for a judgment expire upon full satisfaction of the money award portion of the judgment.

(2) If a judgment lien arises out of a support award under ORS 18.150 (Judgment liens in circuit courts) (3) or 18.152 (Establishing judgment liens in other counties) (3), a support arrearage lien attaching to real property under the judgment lien expires upon satisfaction of the unpaid installment that gave rise to the support arrearage lien.

(3) Except as provided in ORS 18.180 (Expiration of judgment remedies in circuit court) to 18.190 (Spousal support awards in judgments entered before January 1, 2004), judgment remedies for a judgment in a civil action expire 10 years after the entry of the judgment.

(4) Except as provided in this subsection, judgment remedies for a judgment in a criminal action expire 20 years after the entry of the judgment. Judgment remedies for a judgment in a criminal action that includes a money award for restitution expire 50 years after the entry of the judgment.

(5) Judgment remedies for the child support award portion of a judgment, and any lump sum support award for child support, expire 35 years after the entry of the judgment that first establishes the support obligation.

(6)(a) Except as provided by paragraph (b) of this subsection and ORS 18.190 (Spousal support awards in judgments entered before January 1, 2004), judgment remedies for any unpaid installment under the spousal support award portion of a judgment, including any installment arrearage lien arising under the judgment, expire 25 years after the entry of the judgment that first establishes the support obligation, or 10 years after an installment comes due under the judgment and is not paid, whichever is later.

(b) The judgment lien for the spousal support award portion of a judgment that is entered on or after January 1, 2004, including any installment arrearage lien arising under the judgment, expires 25 years after the entry of the judgment that first establishes the support obligation unless a certificate of extension is filed under ORS 18.185 (Extension of judgment lien of spousal support award).

(7)(a) If a money award in a judgment under ORS 107.105 (Provisions of judgment) (1)(f) provides for a future payment of money, judgment remedies for the portion of the judgment providing for future payment expire 10 years after the date on which the future payment becomes due. At any time before the judgment remedies for a money award described in this subsection expire, judgment remedies for the portion of the judgment providing for a future payment may be extended as provided in ORS 18.182 (Extension of judgment remedies).

(b) This subsection does not apply to support awards.

(8) This section does not apply to justice courts, municipal courts or county courts performing judicial functions. [2003 c.576 §18; 2005 c.568 §22; 2005 c.618 §1; 2007 c.22 §1; 2009 c.354 §1; 2015 c.212 §22]

Note: See note under 18.048 (Judgment in criminal action that contains money award).

Note: Section 2, chapter 354, Oregon Laws 2009, provides:

Sec. 2. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the amendments to ORS 18.180 (Expiration of judgment remedies in circuit court) by section 1 of this 2009 Act apply to all judgments, whether entered before, on or after the effective date of this 2009 Act [January 1, 2010].

(2) The amendments to ORS 18.180 (Expiration of judgment remedies in circuit court) by section 1 of this 2009 Act do not operate to revive any judgment remedies that expired before the effective date of this 2009 Act under the provisions of ORS 18.180 (Expiration of judgment remedies in circuit court) as in effect immediately before the effective date of this 2009 Act. [2009 c.354 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 18.360)

A divorce prop­erty settle­ment agree­ment that re­quired one party to maintain life insurance for the benefit of his mi­nor children did not merge in the divorce decree and did not expire for failure to renew under this sec­tion. Carothers v. Carothers, 260 Or 99, 488 P2d 1185 (1971)

Appeal from circuit court to the Supreme Court does not vacate or nullify the decree sought to be reviewed. Malick v. Malick, 271 Or 183, 530 P2d 1243 (1975)

Assignee of unrecorded assign­ment may renew judg­ment on underlying debt. First Na­tional Bank v. Jack Mathis General Contractor, Inc., 274 Or 315, 546 P2d 754 (1976)

Attempted renewal of judg­ment in name of deceased judg­ment creditor was not effective and judg­ment should have been renewed in name of decedent's beneficiary, real party in interest. Hamilton v. Hughey, 284 Or 739, 588 P2d 38 (1978)

Renewal of judg­ment brought in name of deceased creditor by lawful successors to creditor was valid, though subject to amend­ment to reflect real parties in interest. Reutter v. RWS Construc­tion, Inc., 128 Or App 365, 875 P2d 1187 (1994)

Ability to renew dissolu­tion judg­ment within 10 years after future pay­ment is due applies only to judg­ment that provides for future pay­ment to occur 10 or more years after date of entry of judg­ment. Carroll v. Murphy, 186 Or App 59, 61 P3d 964 (2003)

Period during which judg­ment and lien exist is not subject to tolling pro­vi­sions. Oregon Recovery, LLC v. Lake Forest Equities, Inc., 229 Or App 120, 211 P3d 937 (2009)

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Notes of Decisions

If terms used by trial court suffice to convey court's concluding decision or decisions, and if terms are set forth in docu­ment properly titled as judg­ment, then judg­ment docu­ment contains judg­ment. Interstate Roofing, Inc. v. Springfield Corp., 347 Or 144, 218 P3d 113 (2009)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 18—Judgments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors018.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 18, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano018.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.