California Code of Civil Procedure
Code of Civil Procedure section 697.310
ARTICLE 2. Judgment Lien on Real Property [697.310 - 697.410]
( Article 2 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1364, Sec. 2. )
(a) Except as otherwise provided by statute, a judgment lien on real property is created under this section by recording an abstract of a money judgment with the county recorder.
(b) Unless the money judgment is satisfied or the judgment lien is released, subject to Section 683.180 (renewal of judgment), a judgment lien created under this section continues until 10 years from the date of entry of the judgment.
(c) The creation and duration of a judgment lien under a money judgment entered pursuant to Section 117 or 582.5 of this code or Section 16380 of the Vehicle Code or under a similar judgment is governed by this section, notwithstanding that the judgment may be payable in installments.