contempt of court
contempt of court: contempt (1)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

contempt of court
n.
Disobedience to a court and its officers; any act intended to interfere with the operation or dignity of the court.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


contempt of court
the offence of showing disrespect for a court. Contempt may be criminal or civil. Criminal contempt is conduct (whether words or actions) that obstructs or tends to obstruct the administration of justice; civil contempt is deliberate disobedience of an order of the court or breach of an undertaking given to the court; either is punishable by committal or a fine.
In Scots criminal law, an offence against the dignity of the court (not the judge) that can be committed inside or outside the court. Drunkenness can be sufficient but strange dress is not.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


contempt of court
Behavior in or out of court that violates a court order, or otherwise disrupts or shows disregard for the court. Refusing to answer a proper question, to file court papers on time, to pay court-ordered child support, or to follow local court rules can expose witnesses, lawyers, and litigants to contempt findings. Contempt of court is punishable by fine or imprisonment.
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


contempt of court
Willful disobedience of a judge's command or of an official court order.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

contempt of court
n.
   there are essentially two types of contempt: a) being rude, disrespectful to the judge or other attorneys or causing a disturbance in the courtroom, particularly after being warned by the judge; b) willful failure to obey an order of the court. This latter can include failure to pay child support or alimony. The court's power to punish for contempt (called "citing" one for contempt) includes fines and/or jail time (called "imposing sanctions"). Incarceration is generally just a threat and if imposed, usually brief. Since the judge has discretion to control the courtroom, contempt citations are generally not appealable unless the amount of fine or jail time is excessive. "Criminal contempt" involves contempt with the aim of obstruction of justice, such as threatening a judge or witness or disobeying an order to produce evidence.
   See also: sanction

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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