Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A reference to a court's right to punish for actions or omissions as if they were criminal. The most common example is finding a parent who is delinquent in child support in contempt of court and penalizing him or her with a jail sentence. When a hearing is quasi-criminal, the quasi-defendant is entitled to all due process protections afforded a criminal defendant.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:22 pm