so a nula bona means that the sheriff could not locate any non exempt property (property that is eligible to be sold at sheriff's sale, with the proceeds applied to an outstanding judgment -which is good for 10 years).
If the sheriff comes back empty handed, then the next option is to file a petition with the courts for a debtor's exam -this is done by filing a show cause petition and order of reference. This allows the judgment creditor to question the judgment debtor as to his/her assets (location, amount, etc) so that it is easier to attach those assets.
Unfortunately that does require more time and effort by the judgment creditor so if one knows the judgment debtor is "judgment proof" then they may reconsider the viability of pursuing it further - unless the judgment debtor comes into non exempt assets in the future.
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