Appeal of a Criminal Contempt In Georgia

On appeal of a criminal contempt conviction the appropriate standard of appellate review is whether, after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal contempt is that which involves some disrespectful or contumacious conduct toward the court. Contempt of court has been variously defined; in its broad sense it means disregard for or disobedience of the order or command of the court. In re Gouge, 206 Ga. App. 462, 463 (1) (425 S.E.2d 882) (1992). Barlow v. State, 237 Ga. App. 152, 157 (513 S.E.2d 273) (1999).