Presumably there is some distinction as it is made in the name of the so called register of orders fines and judgments. So what is the difference?

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In American English, a "money order" is a low dollar value cashier's check issued by a non-bank institution in most cases, while a "money judgment" is a court determination that someone owes money to a judgment creditor that authorizes the use of involuntary means to collect the debt. But, it appears that "money order" has a different meaning in British English.

  • Yes exactly this is asking in the sense of the British context. Sep 23 at 2:25

They are similar in that they both say what a debtor must pay to a creditor and the deadline for payment.

A 'money order' is a type of court order.

Sometimes other types of court orders, e.g. 'possession orders', have a 'money judgement' attached to them.

A money order counts as a county court judgment (CCJ) and can therefore affect the debtor's credit rating.

A money judgement does not count as a CCJ.

In both cases, the creditor must return to court for enforcement if the debtor continues to fail to pay.

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