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    What happens if I don’t comply with a court order?

    Contempt of Court and Injunctions

    An injunction is an order of the court that:

    • Requires a party to do something (known as a mandatory injunction).
    • Requires a party to stop doing something (known as a prohibitory injunction).

    What is contempt of court?

    An individual will be in contempt of court if they interfere with the administration of justice. Deliberately breaching a court order may be in contempt of court. Sanctions for contempt of court include:

    • Imprisonment.
    • Fines.
    • Seizure of assets.

    Establishing that someone is in contempt of court

    To establish that someone is in contempt of court, it is necessary to prove that he:

    • Knew of the terms of the court order.
    • Acted (or failed to act) in a manner that involved a breach of the court order.
    • Knew of the facts which made his conduct a breach of the court order.

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