Miller and David Perry QC Considers contempt in the face of the court, victimisation of jurors, publication contempt, and civil contempt arising from breaching of orders Extensive coverage of reporting restrictions, including the strict liability rule, orders made under the Contempt of Court Actanonymity, and injunctions in the High Court and in the Crown Court Explores criminal and civil proceedings as well as considering the Court of Protection, public inquiries, inquests, and tribunals Updated to reflect substantial developments since the third edition was published inincluding pragmatic guidance for practitioners as well as in-depth historical analysis Miller on Contempt of Court Fourth Edition Consultant Editor C. Miller and David Perry QC Description Contempt of court has been aptly described as the Proteus of the legal world, assuming an almost infinite diversity of forms.
A person may be held in contempt for many different reasons. Some of the most common reasons include: Many judges will warn a misbehaving person that, if he keeps misbehaving, he will be held in contempt of court.
The warning gives the person a chance to correct his behavior without facing legal sanctions. However, this warning is not required; a judge may hold a person in contempt without first telling him to straighten up. For instance, a person who is required by a subpoena to appear in court but does not may be held in contempt without ever speaking to the judge first.
An order for contempt of court can only stand legally if it meets all of the following requirements: Direct contempt occurs in the presence of the judge. In these cases, the judge will typically point out the misbehavior, explain that the person is in contempt, and give the person a chance to explain himself.
The judge may then impose a sanction immediately. In indirect contempt, the misbehavior does not occur in court.
Instead, one party accuses the other of having acted in contempt, and the court hears both parties before imposing any sanctions.
Several legal experts interviewed said they could not recall a case in which a state Supreme Court has held a legislature in contempt or the U.S. Supreme Court has held Congress in contempt. They breached the Contempt of Court Act and the Court has found that there was a risk of serious prejudice to any future trial. In most intellectual property cases, an undertaking from the defendant to comply with a court order and an unconditional apology are considered sufficient to close the contempt proceedings. Thus a recent trademark case that aggressively addresses contempt is a welcome change for intellectual property rights owners seeking to protect their.
Indirect contempt is often involved when a court has entered an order requiring one party to do or not do something that benefits the other party. If the order is not complied with, the party that was wronged may accuse the other of contempt. Once a person is found to be guilty of contempt of court, he or she may face a fine, jail time, or another penalty.
Incarceration for contempt usually lasts only as long as the contempt continues, for instance until a fine is paid or until a party complies with a court order to do or stop doing a particular thing.
Contempt may be either civil or criminal. If criminal, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, just like any other criminal charge.
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