Holding child in contempt of court where status offense terminated without entry of written order- Ky Court of Appeals

C.S., A MINOR CHILD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

 “A court may only hold a child in contempt of court to enforce a valid court order previously issued by the court. KRS 610.010(11). It is manifestly unjust to subject a juvenile to sanctions for contempt, especially confinement in a detention facility, when the status offense case against her was effectively terminated without the entry of a valid written order regulating her future conduct. Additionally, the Breathitt Family Court found that C.S. committed “the public offense” of contempt of court even though the Juvenile Code is clear that contempt of court is not a public offense.”