1812: 52 George 3. c. 13: Amending the 1811 Insolvent Debtors Relief Act

52 George 3 c.13: An Act to alter and amend an Act, passed in the Fifty first Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for the Relief of certain Insolvent Debtors in England.

[28th February 1812.]

WHEREAS an Act was passed in the Fifty first Year of the Reign of His present Majesty,

[51 G.3. c. 125. §1.]

intituled An Act for the Relief of certain Insolvent Debtors in England; wherein it was recited, that it might be convenient in the then crowded State of the Prisons and Gaols in England and Wales that some of the Prisoners confined therein, truly surrendering their Effects to their Creditors, should be liberated: And whereas in the said Act it was not enacted that Persons committed by the Courts of Law and Equity for Contempt in not paying Money ordered or awarded to be paid; and also for not paying of Costs duly and properly taxed and allowed by the proper Officer after proper Demand made for that Purpose; and also upon the Writ de Excommunicato Capiendo, or other Process, for or grounded upon the Nonpayment of Money, Costs or Expences, in some Cause or Proceeding in some Ecclesiastical Court, or for Contempt of such Court relating thereto; shall be entitled to the Benefit of the said Act, as has been usual in such cases: And whereas it is convenient that the Provisions and Benefits of the said Act shall be extended to such Persons as in similar cases hath been heretofore done; Be it therefore enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same,

[Benefit of recited Act extended to Persons committed for Contempt in not paying Money awarded or Costs.]

That, from and after the passing of this Act, all Persons committed as aforesaid by the Courts of Law and Equity for Contempt in not paying Money ordered or awarded to be paid, and also for not paying of Costs duly and regularly taxed and allowed by the proper Officer after proper Demand made for that Purpose, and also upon the Writ of Excommunicato Capiendo, or other Process, for or grounded upon the Nonpayment payment of Money, Costs or Expences, in some Cause or Proceeding in some Ecclesiastical Court, or for Contempt of such Court relating thereto, and who were in Custody on the First Day of May One thousand eight hundred and eleven, shall be and are entitled to all the Benefits of the Provisions of the said recited Act of the Fifty first Year of His present Majesty, in the same manner as if this Provision had made Part thereof, on and subject to the same Terms, Conditions and Restrictions as are therein expressed and declared with respect to Prisoners for Debt only.

Source: Butterworths Statutes of the United Kingdom, 1812.