# What is the Interest Rate in California

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## What is the Interest Rate in California

What is the interest rate that i can charge for a judgment that i just won in California.

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## Re: What is the Interest Rate in California

Here's information on small claims court judgment interest in California.
Quoting How do I compute the 10% interest that I'm entitled to on the unpaid portion of the judgment?
Interest begins on the day the final judgment is entered. If partial payments are made, those payments are first applied to the accrued interest and then to the unpaid principal. For more information, check out Code of Civil Procedure sections 685.010 to 685.030 .

To calculate the interest, first determine the daily amount of interest. For example, a \$5,000 judgment will accrue \$500 of interest per year at a rate of 10%. Dividing \$500 by 365 days gives you a daily interest rate of \$1.37.

Now, assume that after 145 days the debtor pays you \$400. The following computation shows the amount of interest that will accrue after that payment is made:

After 145 days, \$198.65 (145 days x \$1.37/day) of interest will have accrued on the \$5,000 judgment. Out of the debtor's \$400 payment, pay yourself the accrued interest first. You then will have \$201.35 left (\$400 - \$198.65 = \$201.35). Now credit the remaining \$201.35 against the \$5,000 judgment (\$5,000 - \$201.35 = \$4,798.65 of unpaid principal). The new daily interest will then accrue at a rate of \$1.31/day (\$4,798.65 x 10% = \$479.86 ÷ 365).

Assume, then, that 215 days later a \$1,700 payment is made. During the 215 days, \$281.65 (215 days x \$1.31/day) of interest will have accrued. Out of the \$1,700, pay yourself the accrued interest first (\$1,700 - \$281.65 = \$1,418.35) leaving \$1,418.35 to apply to unpaid principal. Now credit the \$1,418.35 against the remaining judgment principal of \$4,798.65, and we find that \$3,380.30 remains unpaid. The new daily interest will then accrue at a rate of \$0.93/day (\$3,380.30 x 10% = \$338.03 ÷ 365).

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