Contempt and Enforcement

The definition of Contempt is a willful disregard of the authority of a court of justice or legislative body or disobedience to its lawful orders. Contempt of court is committed by a person who does any act in willful contravention of its authority or dignity, or tending to impede or frustrate the administration of justice, or by one who, being under the court’s authority as a party to a proceeding therein, willfully disobeys its lawful orders or fails to comply with an undertaking which he has given. Black’s Law Dictionary.

Therefore, there must be an order from the Court, or a Statute that gives clear meaning to what a party is required to do, or what a party is prohibited from doing. A person cannot be held in contempt if the Courts order is not clear.