indirect contempt

An act committed elsewhere than in the presence of the court or judge, which tends to obstruct the administration of justice, or to bring the court, or judge, or the administration of justice into disrespect. Re Dill, 32 Kan 668, 5 P 39; Osborne v Purdome (Mo) 244 SW2d 1005, 29 ALR2d 1141. An act committed, not in the presence of the court, but at a distance from it, generally characterized by disobeying or resisting process, intimidating a witness out of the presence of the court, making a false report of a proceeding pending before the court, etc. La Grange v State, 238 Ind 689, 153 NE2d 593, 69 ALR2d 668. Sometimes referred to as constructive contempt.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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