open court


: a court that anyone is allowed to attend
He testified in open court.

Examples of open court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To cite it in open court, as Moon did, is to invite an investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which could lead to disciplinary action. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 1 July 2024 However, the rookie did not give up on the play, instead chasing down Temple in the open court for his seventh block of the game. C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 10 Apr. 2024 On Tuesday, the judge will conduct a sealed hearing over attorney-client privilege matters and in open court will hear arguments over evidentiary matters. Robert Legare, CBS News, 21 June 2024 Claxton did showcase an ability to slash to the rim in the open court and handle the ball a bit in traffic at times. C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for open court 

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“Open court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

open court

: a recorded judicial proceeding that is presided over by a judge and attended by the parties and their attorneys and that is convened for the purpose of conducting official business compare in camera
: a session of a court that is open to the public
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