How to Enforce a Court Order

  • February 07, 2019
  • Laura Cardiff, lawyer at Casey & Moss LLP

For most lawyers, the result in court is what matters: Did you get the order you were seeking? How much of your argument did the judge adopt in her reasons? But for the client, it’s not the judgment itself that is significant, but the opposing side’s compliance with it. And unfortunately, a judgment does not generally provide for its own enforcement. If the opposing party is choosing not to comply, you will have to become familiar with the process for enforcing an order, which requires navigating additional steps that many lawyers have not encountered before.  

Below is a roadmap for enforcement, to help you turn your courtroom victory into the desired result for your client.