Exemplified Copy Law and Legal Definition

An exemplified copy is a copy of an official document, such as a court pleading or judgment, which is obtained from the County Clerk or the Judgment Clerk where the particular document was filed. The clerk will certify in writing, affixing a corporate seal or some form of a stamp, that the particular document as was properly signed and entered. Exemplified copies are more than certified copies -- the clerk certifies that the copies are genuine and the judge certifies that the clerk has the authority to say they are genuine.

For example, in enforcing a foreign judgment against a debtor, an exemplified copy of the judgment might be required in order for the foreign state to enforce it under full faith and credit principles. Exemplified copies may also be required in probate matters for wills and many other contexts.