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Property Registries

Personal Property Registry (PPR):

Personal Property Registry is a centralized computer registry serving the entire province of Nova Scotia. Judgments can be registered in the Personal Property Registry to attach to the Debtor's personal property (cars, boats, appliances, bank accounts, etc.). You can register a court order, execution order, or certificate of judgment in the Personal Property Registry to limit the debtor's ability to sell personal property. You will be given a verification statement as proof of registration.

Judgment Roll:

Is a computer registry indexing the judgments for a particular county, which can be searched by the name of the Judgment Debtor. Registration in the Judgment Roll will affect debtor's ability to buy, sell or remortgage land in that county. (e.g. the judgment debtor will be required to pay any outstanding judgments from the proceeds, before their real property can be sold).

Judgment Types

Certificate of Judgment:

You register this document at the Land Registration Office to limit the debtor's ability to sell or mortgage land. Make your request in writing to the Small Claims Court administration office to prepare this document.

Court Order:

The adjudicator's decision is made into a court order prepared by the Small Claims Court administration office. The court order is one of the documents you can register in the Personal Property Registry.

Execution Order:

You need this document if you want the Sheriff's Office to collect money or seize assets from the debtor. Make your request in writing to the Small Claims Court administration office to prepare this document.

Verification Statement:

This is the report you receive from the Personal Property Registry when you register your court order (or execution order or certificate of judgment).

Involved Parties

Judgment Creditor:

The individual or business who is owed money or the return of goods under a court order is the creditor. (e.g. Small Claims Court or Supreme Court)

Judgment Debtor:

The individual or business who owes money or the return of goods under a court order is the debtor.

Land Registration Office:

These offices maintain the real property registry where you can register a certificate of judgment. The Land Registration Offices are responsible for care and provision of access to timely and accurate land ownership and property records information to all those interested (e.g. the general public, buyers, sellers, lawyers, title searchers).

Private Searcher or Service Provider:

A private searcher or Service Provider is an individual or organization that can assist you with registration or searching the PPRS. The Land Registration Office or the ACOL can provide you with a list of searchers. The Province of Nova Scotia accepts no responsibility for the transactions carried out on behalf of a client.