Housing Court Insider
Defendant failed to appear in a criminal case. The Court found Defendant in indirect civil contempt and ordered sanction $1,000 per day until Defendant appeared and entered a plea. Defendant purged itself of the contempt after 62 days.
In weighing Defendant’s failure to appear for 62 days, with the fact that the underlying criminal complaint alleged on-going violations, that Defendant promptly paid its underlying fine and court costs in full, and Defendant’s overall record of appearance in subsequently filed cases, the Court granted Defendant’s Motion to Mitigate, in part, and suspended all but $6200 of the per diem sanctions.