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Separation and divorce

Contempt of court: When someone refuses to comply with a judgment

When a judgment is rendered, it must be complied with. In other words, judgments are “enforceable.” If someone refuses to comply with a judgment, they can be found guilty of contempt of court. Read on for an explanation.

Deterrence of and punishment for failure to comply with a judgment

The purpose of contempt of court proceedings is to deter and punish a person who refuses to comply with a court judgment. In some cases, it’s the last resort available to achieve justice and enforce a judgment.

A person is convicted of contempt of court when it can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that they have deliberately ignored a judgment and that there is no justification for their conduct.


The information presented on this page is not a legal opinion or legal advice. This page explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. To obtain a legal opinion or legal advice on your personal situation, consult a legal professional.

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