If you or a loved one have been arrested, you may be doing everything you can to understand the process better. This is a great thing to do, and it can benefit you greatly in the long run. After a defendant has been release on bail, it’s time to start preparing for the trial. Today we will discuss an important court term you’ll want to know, “Contempt of Court.” Contempt of court refers to any action that disrespects the court, or impedes its ability to serve its purpose, and it can result in jail time or hefty fines. You never want to be held in contempt of court, and today we will explain what that is, and how to avoid it.
Civil Contempt Of Court
Civil contempt of court typically refers to situations in which one person refuses to comply with the court’s ruling over a civil matter. For example, refusing to pay court-ordered child support is often considered contempt of court.
Criminal Contempt Of Court
Criminal contempt of court typically happens within the court house, including actions such as shouting at or threatening the judge, or other people in the courtroom.
How To Avoid It
If you do not want to be held in contempt of court, it is essential that you are very respectful and punctual when it comes to your trials. Show up on time, when you are asked to speak, do so with a calm and even-leveled voice. Do not shout or lose your temper. Answer questions calmly, and truthfully to the best of your ability. Cooperating with the court helps the process go by more quickly and efficiently.