Independent nations have well structures systems that help them to manage the nation properly. Every sovereign state is expected to have a government to collect taxes from its citizens and manage the finance in order to provide essential services. This includes employing civil servants in different sectors of the economy such as health, commerce and industry, defense and agriculture to mention but a few.
The government has got internal mechanisms that ensure the arms of government are independent and watch over the excesses of each other. This is the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. The executive is the chief of government and is run through well-structured independent and interdependent ministries. The ministries formulate policies, provide essential services and manage government operations. The legislature is the representative of the people because they are elective positions. Depending on the structure of the legislature, this arm of government provide laws that govern the federal, state or county governments. The judiciary are the guardians of the law hence they interpret the law of the land, and preside over civil and criminal cases.
The judiciary is entrusted with the safekeeping, and interpretation of the laws of the land. The courts are stationed all over the nation to manage civil and criminal cases. If a firm, a person, an officer of the law or a law enforcer is in doubt of the meaning of any law, the courts are able to explain the meaning and implication of such a law. The judicial officer are trained on the law, are ethical and have authority to preside over legal matters. Court decisions must be held in high regard. This is why the law allows any unsatisfied party to appeal on lower court decision in the higher courts, within a stipulated time-frame. The highest court in the land is usually the Supreme Court and their decision is final. In the absence of an appeal, all parties involved in a legal matter must adhere to the decision of the court. Disrespecting court decisions cannot be tolerated.
No one is exempted from abiding with court decision whether a civilian or a government official. Disobedience of court orders, and court rulings is known as disrespect of the courts. In essence, contempt of court entails ignoring court decision, behaving in a manner that undermines the court decisions or proceedings and by publishing or uttering words that will prejudice court decisions. Contempt of court is a serious charge and is punishable by law. The penalty for contempt of court is usually imprisonment or a fine. Notably, the maximum penalties are stipulated in the legal framework. If the person accused of being in contempt defends themselves and convinces the court to change its mind, they can be let off the hook.