CHAPTER 77
DEBTORS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Restrictions on imprisonment for debt with exceptions

   4.   Power of committal for judgment debt

   5.   Proof of means

   6.   Jurisdiction of High Court may be exercised in chambers

   7.   Payment by installments

   8.   Imprisonment not to operate as satisfaction

   9.   Discharge on payment

   10.   Power under certain circumstances to arrest defendant about to quit Zambia

   11.   Power under certain circumstances to arrest judgment debtor about to leave Zambia

   12.   This Act to apply to civil proceedings by the State

AN ACT

in restriction of imprisonment for debt.

[21st June, 1938]

Act 12 of 1938,

Act 8 of 1962,

Act 27 of 1965,

GN 497 of 1964.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Debtors Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“prescribed” means—

      (a)   as respects the High Court, prescribed by rules to be made under the High Court Act;

      (b)   as respects the subordinate courts, prescribed by rules to be made under the Subordinate Courts Act.

3.   Restrictions on imprisonment for debt with exceptions

   (1) With the exceptions hereinafter mentioned, no person shall be arrested or imprisoned for making default in payment of a sum of money.

   (2) There shall be excepted from the operation of sub-section (1)—

      (a)   default in payment of a penalty or sum in the nature of a penalty, other than a penalty in respect of any contract;

      (b)   default in payment of any sum recoverable under the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code;

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