Of contempt suggestion someone is guilty before a court passes judgment. Contempt any act done or writing published calculated to bring a court or judge of the. Court into contempt, or lower his authority/calculated to obstruct or interfere with the due course of justice or the lawful process of the courts. Publication contempt indirect/external acts of contempt through the publication of information that is not part of a court proceeding or attacks the character of a participant in a legal action. The writer"s risk of committing an act of contempt arises only when a live case is under the jurisdiction of a court. In criminal cases, the sub judice rule comes into play the moment an individual is accused of a specific offence. Defamation writing about allegations of the wrongdoings that involve the reputation of an individual: right to sue if no charges are laid or the allegations turn out to be false.