Debtor’s Act of 1869 is an English statute that was enacted to consolidate all of the bankruptcy laws then in force in England. The main provisions of the Act include :
(1) abolishing imprisonment for debt except in certain cases, as when a debtor owed a debt to the Crown or a debtor had money but refused to pay a debt;
(2) abolishing arrest by mesne process, that is, by compelling the defendant to appear and give bail unless it was believed that the defendant would leave the country;
(3) obtaining credit under false pretenses or to defraud creditors was made a misdemeanor;
(4) defining how warrants and judgment orders would be executed.
Debtor’s Act is otherwise known as the Bankruptcy Act of 1896.