criminal contempt

criminal contempt
noun
an act of disrespect that impedes the administration of justice
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑contempt of court

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noun
1. : contempt that is committed in the presence of a court in session or a judge acting in a judicial capacity or so near to either of these as to interfere with the proceedings and that tends to belittle or insult the judge or to degrade or obstruct justice : a direct contempt not affecting a civil remedy of a party — compare constructive contempt
2. : contempt that tends to interfere directly with a legislature or one of its committees exercising its lawful powers or that constitutes disrespect for its authority in the course of its lawful proceedings

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Law.
any seriously disrespectful act committed against the dignity or authority of a court.

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criminal contempt,
contempt of court due to evasion of a court order: »

The Senate bill permits jury trials not only in cases involving voting—it permits jury trials in all criminal contempt cases (Newsweek).


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  • 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 …   Wikipedia

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