I see "Assignee of Record" in some forms associated with small-claims in California, i.e. https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/sc130.pdf. What is Assignee of Record?


It is the party that takes title to a judgment under the California Code of Civil Procedure Sec. 673 and becomes a judgment creditor under Sec. 680.240. It has all the rights to enforce and collect the judgment against the judgment debtor under the Enforcement of Judgments Laws.

Judicial Revenue Service

Cal. Code Sec. 673

For more info, look up “assignment of judgment”.

  • Thanks - I found "An assignment of judgment in California generally transfers all the rights that the judgment creditor had to the assignee of record" on legaldocspro.net/blog/assignment-of-a-judgment-in-california. I wonder why the 3rd party isn't referred to as "assignee of judgement". – rishai Oct 1 '19 at 22:29
  • Hi @rishai. It has to do with the meaning of “of record.” This means “being authoritative or sanctioned.” Hence, the lead attorney in a case (or each attorney officially working on a case) is often referred to as “attorney of record.” Similarly, the New York Times, as well as other leading newspapers on a regional basis may be called “the newspaper of record.” – A.fm. Oct 1 '19 at 22:38
  • Thanks again A.fm. I'm wondering why or how some 3rd party can become the Assignee of Record, after all, it's a good thing to be the beneficiary receiving money awarded by the judge - would collection agencies typically be Assignees of Record? – rishai Oct 2 '19 at 4:47
  • I don’t know definitely, @rishai, but according to this website, maybe? Someone owed money, just not sure if a collection agency itself would be one... legaldocspro.net/blog/assignment-of-a-judgment-in-california – A.fm. Oct 2 '19 at 23:57

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