Contempt of Court charges may be filed against a person who exhibits disorderly, contemptuous, or insolent behavior during the sitting of a court of justice. The actions must be in the immediate view and presence of the court , and constitute a breach of the peace, noise, or other disturbance. Acts of willful disobedience of the terms, as written, of any process or court order may also trigger charges.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
1. Defendant behaved in a disorderly, contemptuous or insolent manner. 2. Defendant’s behavior was committed during the sitting of a court of justice, in immediate view and presence of the court.
3. The defendant acted with the intent to interrupt the court’s proceedings or to impair the respect due to its authority. [PC 166(a)(1)]
Misdemeanor: 0-180 days