Legal Memorandum: Scope of Review of a Contempt Order

Issue: What is the scope of review of a contempt order in the Third Circuit?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Contempt order; Scope of review; Abuse of discretion
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: 28 F.3d 396; 47 F.3d 1311
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2007

“The imposition of contempt is reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard and will only be disturbed if there is an error of law or a clearly erroneous finding of fact.”  Harris v. City of Philadelphia, 47 F.3d 1311, 1321 (3d Cir. 1995).

The standard of review of a trial court’s “sanction for civil contempt is whether the [trial] court abused its wide discretion in fashioning a remedy.”  Robin Woods Inc. v. Woods, 28 F.3d 396, 399 (3d Cir. 1994).


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