civil contempt

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Noun1.civil contempt - a failure to follow a court order that benefits someone else
contempt of court - disrespect for the rules of a court of law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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At Blackstable they had always looked upon brewing with civil contempt, the Vicar made little jokes about the beerage, and it was a surprising experience for Philip to discover that Watson was such an important and magnificent fellow.
A person who refuses to testify or produce documents can be jailed for up to 18 months for civil contempt.
1-035-1) (4 pages) (mothers appeal from an amended contempt judgment that, relevant here: (1) found the father not guilty of civil contempt for his failure to maintain a certain life insurance policy naming their child as a one-third beneficiary; and (2) ordered the father to name their child as a one-third beneficiary under a replacement policy having a reduced benefit (as compared to the father's original policy)) (No.
amp;nbsp; Two brothers who have been jailed for nearly seven years for civil contempt have failed for the third time to convince the North Carolina Court of Appeals to set them free.
a Buffalo, New York, investment advisor registered with the SEC, and its majority owner, president and chief investment officer, Jeremy Beck, to be in civil contempt of court for failing to comply with the court's prior order enforcing an SEC investigative subpoena directed to Anvil.
Earlier, petitioner's counsel, Ahmed Hassan in his arguments said that this is not a civil contempt but a judicial contempt and everything is clear in the law on the matter.
After two respected federal judges struggled to compel him to obey the law, first by holding him in civil contempt and later convicting him of criminal contempt, the President has chosen a different route.
She then voted unanimously along with the full Committee to hold Ferrer and Backpage in civil contempt of Congress.
Arpaio was charged with civil contempt of court, which eventually became criminal contempt of court charges.
This article describes three types of criminalization practices: (1) threatening to pursue prosecution of consumers for committing a crime; (2) filing police reports to initiate criminal charges against consumers; and (3) misusing civil contempt to obtain arrest warrants against consumers.
All 50 states have processes for criminal prosecution and civil contempt for failure to pay child support.
The use of a civil contempt order is another arrow in the quiver of domestic courts.