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May a juror refuse to answer questions?

I'm working on a novel about jury nullification. The jury decided to ignore the judge's orders and to define what they think the law is. The judge hears the rumor and summons the foreman to his ...
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How are commital proceedings for contempt of court initiated, and who may the process be instigated by?

An injunction was obtained against Bob for allegedly disrupting/sabotaging the Epsom Derby Jockey Club, prohibiting him from doing such things again in the future. He violated this injunctive ...
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What is the Maximum Sentence for Contempt of Court? (USA)

Is there a maximum sentence that a New Jersey Superior Court Judge can impose on someone for contempt of court? I understand that there are different types of contempt of court, so here's a made-up ...
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Is it possible to plead 'indifferently'?

I'm aware of the concept of non-standard pleas, but I'm unsure about how they operate in practice. What might happen if a person were to plead something to the effect of 'I plead indifference to/non-...
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How common actually are perjury proceedings?

I’ve read a number of tenant advice materials that caution that landlords frequently lie at court and so one really has to be prepared for this to potentially happen. Meanwhile, I have read a number ...
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What power does a first tier tribunal have to compel testimony?

Bob brings an application in a first tier tribunal (property chamber). He is asked a question during the hearing pursuant to his witness statement which he feels is irrelevant to the proceedings. ...
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Is it required for a defendant to be in court?

Say that Nathan is on trial for 100 murder charges. He already knows his life is over, so every time they bring him into court, he starts screaming expletives out of turn. They charge him 1000 times ...
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Why don't people who are untruthful during jury selection get held in contempt of court?

This question is U.S. based. I ask this because recently I was summoned for jury duty. When we were in the courtroom, the judge asked each of the jurors in the box a list of questions. One of them ...
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How freely can counsel interpret instructions given by their client?

I have been reading about Frank Harris's trial for contempt of court in February, 1914, and while there are a number of aspects that may strike us as odd now, such as that Harris was committed to ...
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Can Steve Bannon avoid handing over the documents?

Steve Bannon is on trial for two counts of contempt. because he refused to comply with a subpoena to testify before the Jan 6th Select committee. because he refused to comply with a subpoena to hand ...
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What exactly is Contempt of Court Acts in 1971, in Indian law?

Recently some people are trying sue people who criticized Indian SC. Plea seeks contempt of court proceedings against three for criticising SC's comments Read more here I thought one could easily ...
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If a witness in a trial is appearing via Zoom from another country and is found guilty of being "in contempt" how would the punishment be enforced?

So a witness can only appear via Zoom due to being in another country (or refuses to come to the country where the trial is being held). They are found in contempt of court for whatever reason. How ...
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Does an active case before an inquest jury give rise to contempt rules?

The horrible Plymouth shooting has now led to an inquest into the deaths there, and an inquest jury will be summoned for the haring in coroner's court. If the gunman had survived and was to be ...
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Is it illegal to for someone in the UK to send a link to this SE question about Soldier F?

The Law.SE question Can everyone name Soldier F now that an MP has? is about Soldier F, who is charged over the Bloody Sunday killings. The consensus on the answers to the question is that doing so ...
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Can everyone name Soldier F now that an MP has named him in Parliament?

Recently, the MP for Foyle, the Hon Colum Eastwood, named "Soldier F", who is facing charges of murder over Bloody Sunday in 1972. A judge in Northern Ireland had made an anonymity ...
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Who can overrule a court's finding of contempt?

A judge has authority and broad discretion to incarcerate people for contempt-of-court. Who, besides the judge who holds a person in contempt, has authority to overturn a finding of contempt or an ...
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Legality of the Cat Lawyer video

You may have seen the recent video of the lawyer who couldn't turn off the cat filter during a Zoom trial. What struck me about it is the legal warning in the top left frame warning that it is ...
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Held indefinitely for contempt of court?

Tommy Gregory Thompson is a former deep-sea treasure hunter and is about to mark his fifth year in jail for contempt of court for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of 500 missing coins made from ...
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Contempt of court?

Ex partner agreed to sign a quit claim deed as part of the parenting plan back in March 2019. To this point he is refusing and still won’t sign it and submit to recorders office. Is this something I ...
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Contempt of Court Outside of the Court

Recently the following case has been catching eyeballs where Prashant Bhushan a Lawyer in the Supreme Court has been accused of Contempt of Court by making certain tweets. The Supreme Court has held ...
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If the US Supreme Court were to hold a US President in contempt, what could happen next? [closed]

What happens if the President defies a Supreme Court decision? Can he be found to be in contempt? What happens then? What enforcement actions can be taken, and who can take them? I am asking because ...
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What happens if a law enforcement agency refuses to obey a court order?

So, let's say that a judge issues an order to a law enforcement agency - for instance, ordering them to behave in a certain way when interacting with protestors. The law enforcement agency then ...
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In the United States, how is the legal process different if a crime is committed IN court?

In the U.S., a common course of action is that a peace officer makes an arrest on an alleged violation of law, which is then heard by a magistrate/court. How is the process different if a court ...
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Contempt of court (for certain speech and remaining silent included)?

What's the worst/maximum sentence or sanction one can receive for remaining silent in court when asked to speak by a court official (with and without a subpoena)?
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USA: Can a witness take the 5th to avoid perjury?

Lawyer Alice is questioning witness Bob. Bob is not on trial, and no one has accused him of a crime. Alice demands Bob answer a particular question with either a "Yes" or a "no." Bob believes that ...
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Can non-witnesses legally refuse to answer questions from judge?

It appears that a judge in their courtroom can ask anyone any questions. A quick search shows that it is not uncommon for persons refusing to answer judges' questions to be prosecuted for contempt of ...
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