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Civil judgments in CA are good for 10 years. However, they may be renewed every 10 years (this requires the judgment creditor to file a renewal notice before the prior 10 year period expired.
So in a case where the judgment was entered in 1994, the creditor would want to file a renewal in 2003 (9 years later) and then again in 2012 (9 years later), making the judgment enforceable until 2022.
(These dates are simply for illustration, you can file the renewal up to the day before the judgment expires, but that is cutting it very close).
The other possible issue would be if the judgment debtor declared bankruptcy and properly listed the judgment as a debt, and received a discharge. Civil judgments are subject to bankruptcy discharge, so if this occurred, the judgment would no longer be enforceable.
No, the judgment is no longer enforceable. The judgment must be renewed each 10 year period or it expires.
(I am very sorry).