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New Jersey Debt Collection Laws and Statutes

Below you will find important information on New Jersey state debt recovery laws including: New Jersey Statutes, Judgments, Garnishments, Interest Rates, and Bad Check Laws.

STATE: NEW JERSEY

Interest Rate

  • Legal: up to 30% – as provided for by contract
  • Judgment: Changes yearly. In 2007 – 4% on judgments up to %15,000. On judgments in excess of $15,000, an additional 2% is added to the interest rate.

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS (IN YEARS)

  • Open Account: 6
  • Sale of Goods: 4
  • Written Contract: 6
  • Domestic Judgment: 20
  • Foreign Judgment: 20
  • Auto Deficiency: 4

BAD CHECK LAWS (CIVIL PENALTY)

Face amount of the check plus 3x the face value of the check, with the civil penalty not to exceed $500.

GENERAL GARNISHMENT EXEMPTIONS

$154.50 week min. 10% of gross earnings $154.50 & over.

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