civil imprisonment

civil imprisonment

imprisonment for a civil as opposed to a criminal matter, traditionally debt; in the Scots law of diligence or legal enforcement, a remedy now considerably restricted by which the debtor was placed in prison until the debt was discharged. It is still competent for failure to pay fines for contempt of court and for wilful failure to pay aliment. Failure to perform a decree that orders specific performance (called a decree ad factum praestandum) may result in imprisonment if the court is satisfied that the nonperformance is wilful.
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The MP said currently creditors were threatening some of the former BCL employees with civil imprisonment, a situation that he observed called for urgent assistance of the former workers.
In case of civil imprisonment, it would have amounted to awarding punishment," the Bench added.
In other cases, though, the threat and use of civil imprisonment could be highly effective.
And desperate Margaret launched an action for civil imprisonment claiming up to pounds 15,000 in missed maintenance.
Unfortunately, having been in exactly the same position as this lady, I cannot offer her much hope of success in her civil imprisonment action.

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