10.08.3 Time In Which A Judgment Lien Attaches

The precise time at which a judgment lien attaches to property or becomes operative depends upon the kind of action and the jurisdiction in which the judgment is entered. Generally, a judgment may attach from the:

  • Date of the filing of the lis pendens for actions affecting title to real property.

  • For judgments a lien is created at time it is docketed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and remains a lien for 10 years thereafter. SDC 15-16-7 & 15-16-28

  • Notices of Tax Lien are recorded with the Register of Deeds and become a lien from the time of indexing. SDC 10-43-87, 10-58-11.