Contempt of Court in Michigan
43 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2013
Date Written: 1987
Like the blind men who examined the elephant in the Hindu fable, most lawyers find the subject of contempt of court to be one of mystery and misunderstanding. Trial judges, too, can be confused about exercising the power of contempt. The reversal rate in contempt cases is twice the average of appeals generally.
This article is intended to assist Michigan judges and practitioners in understanding the substantive and procedural aspects of the law of contempt of court. It examines the nature of the contempt power, discusses classifications of contempt, identifies the kinds of conduct constituting contempt, and describes contempt procedural requirements.
Keywords: contempt of court, contempt power
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