This development came during the Jordanian parliament’s discussion of the draft law amending the Penal Code, according to what the Jordan News Agency “Petra” reported.
The draft amendment says that abolishing the prison sentence for checks without balance will stop the resort to post-dated checks, and establishes the use of the check as a means of fulfillment and not for credit, and in a manner that shows the true volume of sales and purchases.
He added that “issuing a check without balance” is the most prevalent criminal financial crime in Jordanian courts, and it costs the state a lot of time, effort and money in the stages of arrest, litigation and imprisonment.
In turn, the Jordanian Minister of Justice, Ahmed Al-Zayyat, explained that the government has started, since 2010, preparing to lift the penal protection for checks, by finding credit alternatives through the issuance of the credit information law.
Bounced checks are a problem for the Jordanian government, as their value in 2021 amounted to about 1.2 billion Jordanian dinars ($1.7 billion), according to data from the Central Bank of Jordan.
Prior to this legislation, Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh had issued a decision to stop the debtor’s imprisonment procedures, including bounced checks.
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