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Contempt of Court

Contempt of Court Defined

Contempt of court is defined as intentional disobedience of a lawful court order. RCW 7.21.010(1)(b). "'Punishment for contempt of court is within the sound discretion of the judge so ruling." Schuster v. Schuster, 90 Wn.2d 626, 630, 585 P.2d 130 (1978) [quoting State v. Caffrey, 70 Wn.2d 120, 122-23, 422 P.2d 307 (1966)].