Garnishment Lien Law and Legal Definition

Garnishment lien is a lien on the debtor's property held by a garnishee. Garnishment is a legal proceeding whereby money or property due to a debtor but in the possession of another is applied to the payment of the debt owed to the plaintiff.

The following is an example of a case law referring to garnishment lien:

The garnishment lien is a judicial lien, not a statutory lien. The Bankruptcy Code defines a statutory lien as a lien arising solely by force of a statute on specified circumstances or conditions. It defines a judicial lien as a lien obtained by judgment, levy, sequestration, or other legal or equitable process or proceeding. [In re Baker, 217 B.R. 609 (Bankr. N.D. Cal. 1998)].