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Section 606 Enforcement of decree or order by punishment for contempt; when 1

Surrogate's Court Procedure Act (SCP)

Enforcement of decree or order by punishment for contempt; when

  1. In any of the following cases, a decree or order of the court, directing the payment of money or requiring the performance of any act, may be enforced by serving a certified copy thereof upon the party against whom it is directed, and if he refuses or wilfully negelects to obey it, by punishing him for a contempt of court:

  (a) Where it cannot be enforced by execution.

  (b) Where part of it cannot be enforced by execution; in which case the part or parts which cannot be so enforced may be enforced as prescribed in this section.

  (c) Where an execution as prescribed in the preceding section has been returned wholly or partly unsatisfied.

  (d) Where the delinquent is a fiduciary and the decree relates to the estate, in which case the court may enforce the decree or order as prescribed in this section, either with or without requiring the issuance of an execution, or after the return of an execution, as it deems proper.

  2. For the purpose of enforcement of a decree or order by means of punishment for contempt of court, the proceeding which terminated in such decree or order is deemed continued.

  3. The court may refuse to punish any person for contempt of court as authorized in this section, in an instance in which facts are demonstrated to its satisfaction which would justify a release of such person from imprisonment, in accordance with the provisions of section 775 of the judiciary law.

  4. No proceedings taken to enforce a decree or order of the court, either by execution, punishment for contempt or otherwise, shall preclude or affect in any manner an action or proceeding on a bond given by the person against whom the decree or order was directed.