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Imprisonment

Imprisonment. By the Debtors' Act 1869 imprisonment for "making default in payment of a sum of money" has been abolished except in certain specified cases, of which the more important are - default in payment of a penalty, not in respect of contract, default in payment of sums recoverable before a Justice of the Peace, and default by trustees or solicitors after order to pay; but in such cases the duration of the imprisonment is not to exceed one year. The above Act, however, gives any court a power of committal on default of payment when the party has the means of paying, and if the court be an inferior one when the debt does not exceed 50, but no such committal is to operate as a satisfaction or extinguishment of the debt.