AEJAZ AHMED (Legal Consultant/Lawyer) 20 February 2009
Well replied by Rajendran,
Am also adding some more to his reply:
CONTEMPT OF COURT : -
Contempt of court is a charge which can be laid against someone for interrupting the process of justice in a court of law. A charge of contempt, if proved, can result in fines and jail time. Many people are familiar with the concept of contempt of court, since it tends to come up in courtroom dramas.
There are several different forms of contempt of court. In all cases, they are rooted in the idea that a courtroom and its officers demand respect, both out of common decency and because a court acts as a legal authority. Failure to respect the court can compromise the course of justice, potentially causing a mistrial or compromising the integrity of a trial. As a result, contempt is treated very seriously.
CIVIL CONTEMPT : -
Civil contempt of court involves a failure to obey an order from a court. It can be purged by obeying the order. For example, someone may speak out of turn in a courtroom during trial proceedings, disrespecting the basic rules of the courtroom. The judge can indicate that he or she will find the speaker in contempt of court unless the speaker sits down and remains silent until it is appropriate to talk. Or a witness could fail to answer a question, in which case the judge will instruct him or her to answer or be held in contempt of court/
CRIMINAL CONTEMPT :-
Criminal contempt of court actually hinders the operations of the court. Examples of criminal contempt include a failure to produce evidence when subpoenaed, or threats to the judge, jury, or lawyers. Someone who yells at the judge, for example, could find him or herself accused of contempt of court.
Contempt of court is also broken up into direct contempt, which takes place in front of a judge, and indirect contempt. In order to prove a charge of contempt of court, it must be proved that the contemnor was aware of the court order or rule which was violated, that he or she was able to comply with the order, and that the contemnor failed to do so. If proved, the sentence for contempt varies, depending on the severity of the crime.
As a general rule, you will not be at risk of being charged with contempt of court if you behave courteously in a courtroom, complying with all orders from court officials.
N.K.Assumi (Advocate) 20 February 2009
As per section 2 of the Contemp of Court Act 1971, a.Contempt of Court means Civil contemp or Criminal Contempt.b. Civil Contempt means wilful disobedience to any judgment,direction,order,writ or other process of a court or wilful breach of an undertaking given to court. c. Criminal contempt means the publication (whethet) by words, spoken or written or by signs, or by visible representatioedings.n or (otherwise) of any matter or the doing of any other act whatsoever which 1.scandalise or tends to scandalise,or lower or tends to lower the authority of any court or ii.prejudice or interferes or tends to interfere with the due course of any judicial proceedings or iii.interferes or tends to interfere with or obstruct or tends to obstruct the administration of justice in any other manner.
PALNITKAR V.V. (Lawyer) 20 February 2009
As usual Mr. Aejaz has come out with a very good information. Kudos to him.
AEJAZ AHMED (Legal Consultant/Lawyer) 20 February 2009
Is it a Example of Contempt of Court ?
NANDKUMAR B. SAWANT.M.COM.LL.B.(MUMBAI),ADVOCATE
WITH REFERENCE TO QUESTION ABOUT CONTEMPT OF COURT KINDLY NOTE THAT.
1KINDLY REFER CONTEMPT OF COURTS ACT 1975
2.IN BRIEF CONTEMPT OF COURT MEANS IF ANYONE IS DISOBEYING THE COURT ORDERS AND DOES ANY THING CONTRARY TO THE COURT ORDERS THEN IT AMOUNTS TO CONTEMPT OF COURT. AND A PETITION FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT CAN BE FILED IN THE COURT .STAMPS ARE EXEMPT IN CASE OF CONTEMPT OF COURT.
3 .IT IS CLASSIFIED AS CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CONTEMPT.
4 ANY CONTEMPT OF COURT EVEN IF IT IS A CONTEMPT OF LOWER COURT STILL IT IS JUST AS IF A CONTEMPT OF HONOURABLE HIGH COURT AND CONTEMPT OF COURT ACTION CAN BE TAKEN EITHER BY THE COURT WHOSE ORDERS WERE NOT OBEYED OR EVEN BY THE HONOURABLE HIGH COURT.
THERE IS PROVISION FOR PUNISHMENT AND FINE.
KINDLY SEND DETAILS IF ANY FURTHER HELP IS REQUIRED.
WITH BEST REGARDS
NANDKUMAR B. SAWANT.,M.COM.LL.B.(MUMBAI), ADVOCATE
pramod malhotra (buisness) 09 March 2009
please also elaborate on the contempt of court by the presiding officer or judge
adv. rajeev ( rajoo ) (practicing advocate) 10 March 2009
when court orders are violated it amounts to contempt of court. this is simple ans. for eg., A is ordered not to obstruct the B, but A obstructs the B by violating the court order, it amounts to contempt of court
RAKHI BUDHIRAJA ADVOCATE (LAWYER AT BUDHIRAJA & ASSOCIATES SUPREME COURT OF INDIA) 10 March 2009
Md. Ahjaz Ahmed rightly said.
sivani (engineer) 24 August 2010
Can someone give the application format for contempt of court for not obeying orders
Mangesh Mane (Engineer) 24 August 2010
If Opposite Party not apearing/absent for the heirings, whether it is contempt of court? & what action court can take on this situation?
Haresh Parmar (MANAGER (LEGAL & HR)) 06 December 2010
If the High Court passed order in the name of the Company for submit bank securities/ deposit money and the company not deposit the amount within stipulated time,
In above case, the directors of the Company are responsbile for comply such order and they have liable to intiate action under contempt Act.