Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Contempt of court

What is contempt of court? Read this article.

My view
I have always thought that contempt of court is to disobey a judge's instruction in court. It seems now to have been extended outside of the court room.
To be sure that I was not wrong, I checked for the definition in Google. I found this article in Wikipedia, which confirmed my understanding. Are we practicing law differently from what is generally understood in the developed world?


Chee Ming said...


From Wikipedia:

"A finding of contempt of court may result from a failure to obey a lawful order of a court, showing disrespect for the judge, disruption of the proceedings through poor behavior, or publication of material deemed likely to jeopardize a fair trial."

I didn't read the book, so I can't pinpoint how Mr. Shadrake can be charged "contempt of court". My guess is that the book is "showing disrespect for the judge" & it is a "publication of material deemed likely to jeopardize a fair trial".

Unknown said...

Do we have "contempt of Parliament", "contempt of ministers", "contempt of government"?

Falcon said...

How about Contempt of Humanity?

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