This is an act of disrespect to the court which may be either in the face of the court or disrespect shown to an order of court. Contempt of court is a punishable act which terms of punishment depend on whether the contempt is criminal or civil.


A criminal contempt arises where a person behaves in a disrespectful or obstructive manner. A civil contempt arises where a party fails to do something ordered by the court for the benefit of another party.
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