Consequential Contempt Law and Legal Definition

Consequential contempt is a contempt that does not amount to gross insolence, but that which tends to create a disregard for the power and authority of the judges. It is also termed as constructive contempt or indirect contempt. Consequential contempt occurs when an individual fails to fulfill the will of the court as it applies to outside obligations of the person. It results from actions outside court, such as failing to comply with orders. Consequential contempt is different from a direct contempt which is a direct opposition made in an open court.