Q. I want to collect a judgment from another state.

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CPLR Article 54, otherwise known as the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, enables any judgment, order, or decree rendered by any court of a sister state, federal court, District of Columbia court, or court of a United States possession and commonwealth, to be enforced in New York by means of a simple registration procedure. The Article is essentially procedural in that it merely sets forth the procedure for filing the judgment—it does not attempt to define which judgments are entitled to full faith and credit. However, specifically excluded from the operation of Article 54 are default judgments or those obtained by confession of judgment, which are governed by CPLR 3213. Although the Article refers to “foreign judgments,” judgments of other countries are governed by the provisions of Article 53, discussed above. 11 New York Civil Practice: CPLR P 5401.00 (2019)

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