Contempt of court is a court order which in the context of a court trial or hearing, declares a person or organization to have disobeyed or been disrespectful of the court's authority. Often referred to simply as "contempt," such as a person "held in contempt," it is the judge's strongest power to impose sanctions for acts which disrupt the court's normal process.
A finding of contempt of court may result from a failure to obey a lawful order of a court, showing disrespect for the judge, disruption of the proceedings through poor behaviour, or publication of material deemed likely to jeopardize a fair trial. A judge may impose sanctions such as a fine or jail for someone found guilty of contempt of court. Judges in common law systems usually have more extensive power to declare someone in contempt than judges in civil law systems. The client or person must be proven to be guilty before he/she will be punished.
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Legal definition of 'Contempt of Court" means it is a court order handed down by a judge during a court trial or hearing that deems an individual to have been disrespectful of the court, its powers, and legal process, and it invested powers. Often referred to as "contempt" or "held in contempt" is followed by a judge imposing sanctions against the individual who did not obey a court order or disrupted a court process during session.
The following are reasons for being held in contempt of court...
1. Being disrespectful to judge
2. Not obeying a lawful court order handed down by a judge.
3. Disruption of legal proceedings by poor behavior.
4. Publication of material that can jeopardize someone
getting a fair trial.