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Can I go to prison for not paying my debt?

In practice it is rare for people to be sent to prison for not paying debt.  But not paying some debts, such as Council Tax or magistrates’ court fines can result in a prison sentence.

There is a process called ‘Committal’.  This involves a magistrate being asked to decide whether you should be sent (committed) to prison for not paying the money you owe.

The cost of the application is £240, and would be added to the total you owe.  

If the magistrate is satisfied that you have neglected, or refused, to pay the amount you owe, they will be required to send you to prison for up to 90 days.

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