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Contempt of Court Definition

There are two types of contempt of court, criminal and civil. Criminal contempt proceedings punish a party for something they have already done, constituting an affront (insult) to the court’s dignity. Civil contempt of court is where a court acts to coerce (force) a party to abide by a court order and correct their failure to follow it. A judge can sentence a person to 93 days of imprisonment and up to two years of probation for criminal contempt.

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