Settling a civil won't guarantee that it is removed from your credit report. Because it is a public record, it will likely remain easy to verify by the credit bureaus for a long long time.
When you settle a judgment, make sure all the terms are in writing & formatted to be filed with the court.
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You should probably get a "Satisfaction of Judgment" document as described in RCW 4.56.100 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=4.56.100), file it with the clerk of the court, and obtain a certified copy to send to the credit reporting agencies.
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Find the judgment creditor or its attorney & make arrangements for payment & their filing of a satisfaction of judgment.
The effect of a paid judgment is less than that of an unpaid judgment on your credit record.
If a judgment creditor has not collected after 10 years, the creditor likely is not going to go through with the expenses of renewing the judgment. Of course, no one can tell you the future will be or what some unknown creditor will do.
If you want to take the risk, it is only a few more years before the 10 years expire.
Court records are generally open to the public. If the court that entered your judgment is near, you can go to court and view the public records at the computers in the clerk's office or you can ask the clerk for copies. Then, you will know what the judgments are for.