Definition - What does Contempt mean?

Contempt, which is also known in legal terms as contempt of court, refers to an action or behavior of a person or a group that disrespects or disregard the court or court order. Being disrespectful to the judge or attorneys and making a disturbance in court are also forms of contempt.

Justipedia explains Contempt

Other examples of contempt or contempt of court include failing or refusing to file a paper or document on time, not co-operating with the court proceedings, or simply refusing to abide by the general court rules and orders. Contempt of court usually results in a fine and in some cases imprisonment.

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