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Section 2 of the Contempt of Courts Act 1971: Definitions

Section 2 (Definitions) of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (Act No. 70 of 1971) —

❝In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

 (a) “contempt of court” means civil contempt or criminal contempt;

 (b) “civil contempt” means wilful disobedience to any judgment, decree, direction, order, writ or other process of a court or wilful breach of an undertaking given to a court;

 (c) “criminal contempt” means the publication (whether by words, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations, or otherwise) of any matter or the doing of any other act whatsoever which—
   (i) scandalises or tends to scandalise, or lowers or tends to lower the authority of, any court; or
   (ii) prejudices, or interferes or tends to interfere with, the due course of any judicial proceeding; or
   (iii) interferes or tends to interfere with, or obstructs or tends to obstruct, the administration of justice in any other manner;

 (d) “High Court” means the High Court for a State or a Union territory, and includes the court of the Judicial Commissioner in any Union territory.❞



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Notes:

The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 was amended by:
- the Contempt of Courts (Amendment) Act, 1976 (No. 45 of 1976);
- the Contempt of Courts (Amendment) Act, 2006 (No. 06 of 2006).

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