CHAPTER 96
IMPRISONMENT FOR DEBT ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Imprisonment for debt abolished, except in certain cases.

3. Caption of the body cannot be stipulated in contracts.

4. Act not to apply to the payment of fines, etc.

Cases when imprisonment may be decreed for the recovery of a
judgement debt, in the supreme court

5. Cases where civil imprisonment may be ordered.

6. Embezzlement, etc.

General dispositions

7. No imprisonment to be decreed in certain cases.

8. Bankruptcy and insolvency.

9. Imprisonment in civil cases not to affect criminal prosecutions.

10. Limit of civil imprisonment.

11. Execution of the decree of the court.

12. Debtor cannot be arrested on certain occasions.

13. Treatment of the debtor during the time of his imprisonment.

14. Release of debtor.

15. Rights of creditors not interfered with.

16. Repeal of laws.

16 of 1869 (Mauritius),

7 of 1890,

34 of 1919,

23 of 1976.

[Date of commencement: 11th January 1870]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Imprisonment for Debt Act.

2. Imprisonment for debt abolished, except in certain cases.

Imprisonment for debt in civil and commercial matters and against foreigners is abolished in Seychelles, except in the cases hereinafter provided for.

3. Caption of the body cannot be stipulated in contracts.

If by any clause in any contract, whether made in Seychelles or elsewhere, it has been agreed that the conditions of the contract shall be enforced by caption of the body, such clause shall be deemed to be null and void.

4. Act not to apply to the payment of fines, etc.

The provisions of this Act shall not apply to fines, restitutions or costs, adjudged in criminal or correctional matters, or for contraventions of the laws of Seychelles whenever any such laws have ordered or shall order that in default of the payment of such fines, restitutions or costs, imprisonment shall take place; and the said Act shall not apply to cases of imprisonment under the stipendiary laws.

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