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Overcrowding in the courts after activating the debtor’s imprisonment in Jordan

Amman Today

publish date 2023-05-20 13:06:15

Al-Bawsala – After canceling the decision to prevent the imprisonment of the debtor in Jordan on the thirtieth of last month, the Jordanian courts are witnessing a great congestion by lawyers and persons against whom cases of collecting financial rights are filed, and others against whom judicial rulings are issued that they seek to settle with the relevant parties.

In an attempt to relieve pressure on the courts, the Jordanian Judicial Council announced that all persons convicted of a debt of less than five thousand dinars ($7,000) are not required to report to the enforcement departments or to obtain a requisition of a request, because they are not required by the courts in all cases, with the exception of legal cases. Labor and issues claiming real estate wages.

Lawyer Mahmoud Qutaishat told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that after canceling the decision to prevent the debtor’s imprisonment, which continued for three years during the Corona pandemic and its repercussions, the courts are witnessing today great activity and unprecedented reviews by convicted citizens to correct their situation and try to find the necessary settlements with the rights holders. He added that debt holders, especially those over 5,000 dinars, are seeking to collect their money, after this was not possible during the past three years.

Minister of Justice Ahmed Ziyadat said, in press statements, that the number of people in reform and rehabilitation centers on February 1, 2023, that is, when the amendment to the decision came into force, reached approximately 94 inmates convicted of debtor’s imprisonment cases, while the number of inmates sentenced in debt cases reached on April 25. April 122 inmates, a difference of only 28 inmates, which indicates that the amendment did not have a significant impact on increasing the debtor’s imprisonment.

And the Minister of Justice indicated that the number of wanted persons in all enforcement departments amounted to approximately 158,131 people, 68 percent of whom have a debt of less than 5 thousand dinars, and 87 percent of whom have a debt of less than 20 thousand dinars. The Director of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Centers of the Public Security Directorate, Brigadier General Falah Al-Majali, stated that the percentage of inmates in the correction and rehabilitation centers reached 163 percent of their full capacity.

Representative Hussein Al-Harasis considered in a statement that issuing a check and not being able to pay is not a crime, but in the event that fraud or lack of intention to pay is proven, in this case the necessary punishment can be taken, considering that imprisoning the debtor is wrong.

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