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Admonition

An admonition is direction, warning or advice from a judge. A judge can admonish anyone in the courtroom, including defendants, prosecutors, witnesses and spectators. For example, in 1999, two female prosecutors were admonished by the judge for wearing pantsuits instead of skirts during trial proceedings. Sometimes the judge will admonish courtroom observers to restrain themselves during the reading of the verdict. Failure to comply with an admonition can have various results, including being found in Contempt of Court or being removed from the courtroom.