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Code of Civil Procedure - CCP


  ( Part 3 enacted 1872. )


  ( Title 3 enacted 1872. )

CHAPTER 1. Confession of Judgment Without Action [1132 - 1134]
  ( Chapter 1 enacted 1872. )


(a) A judgment by confession may be entered without action either for money due or to become due, or to secure any person against contingent liability on behalf of the defendant, or both, in the manner prescribed by this chapter. Such judgment may be entered in any superior court.

(b)A judgment by confession shall be entered only if an attorney independently representing the defendant signs a certificate that the attorney has examined the proposed judgment and has advised the defendant with respect to the waiver of rights and defenses under the confession of judgment procedure and has advised the defendant to utilize the confession of judgment procedure. The certificate shall be filed with the filing of the statement required by Section 1133.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 784, Sec. 77. Effective January 1, 2003.)


A statement in writing must be made, signed by the defendant, and verified by his oath, to the following effect:

1. It must authorize the entry of judgment for a specified sum;

2. If it be for money due, or to become due, it must state concisely the facts out of which it arose, and show that the sum confessed therefor is justly due, or to become due;

3. If it be for the purpose of securing the plaintiff against a contingent liability, it must state concisely the facts constituting the liability, and show that the sum confessed therefor does not exceed the same.

(Enacted 1872.)


(a) The statement required by Section 1133 shall be filed with the clerk of the court in which the judgment is to be entered, who must endorse upon it, and enter a judgment of the court for the amount confessed with the costs provided in subdivision (b).

(b) At the time of filing, the plaintiff shall pay as court costs that shall become a part of the judgment the fee as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 70626 of the Government Code. No fee shall be collected from the defendant..

(c) The statement and affidavit, with the judgment endorsed thereon, together with the certificate filed pursuant to Section 1132, becomes the judgment roll.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 40. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

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