Criminal contempt of court charges are punitive. They serve as a deterrent for similar acts in the future acts of contempt. It is not possible for a person jailed for criminal contempt to secure release by deciding to comply with the court.
Criminal contempt charges operate independently of the underlying case. The case can carry on even after the underlying case has been legally resolved. In view of the stringent outcome of such cases, it is necessary that charges of criminal contempt be proven beyond doubt for the proceedings of contempt to be initiated.
Contempt Can Be Also Classified as Direct And Indirect
Direct contempt cases are those that happen in the court, often in the presence of the judges. Shouting at the judge, addressing them disrespectfully, or acting in a way that obstructs the functioning of the court can attract direct contempt charges.
Indirect contempt cases are those that occur outside the court premises. Some examples are communicating with jurors in an inappropriate manner, refusing to hand over subpoenaed evidence, etc.
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