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 Harry, who is breaking with royal tradition in this fight, becoming the first in the family to testify in open court in over a century, also has a pending case against British red top The Daily Mail. Lily Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024 During Thursday’s hearing, victims and their parents gave statements in open court that Nelson's crimes have left them unable to trust others. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 6 May 2024 In open court, the prosecutor stated on the record that the resolution occurred with the blessing of the next of kin, who were present in court during the negotiations with the defense and when the plea was entered. Harry Harris, The Mercury News, 24 Apr. 2024 Over the next six weeks or so, Mr. Trump will have to endure more, including listening as prosecutors ask witnesses uncomfortable questions about his personal life in open court. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2024 Lawyers for San Diego County had spent years working to delay the civil litigation and keep key evidence sealed from public view — even after several of the videos and interview transcripts were presented in open court during criminal proceedings. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2024 The prosecution, without elaborating, raised an issue in open court involving Crumbley's jailhouse communications, though Crumbley's lawyer immediately objected to the issue being made public, and the judge also warned that the media would be writing about it. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2024 Even though a doctor and nurse were criminally charged in relation to Serna’s death — and some of the videos were shown in open court — San Diego County lawyers have insisted the material remain sealed from public view. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2024 The sheriff’s office statement about the restrictions comes after a prosecutor wanted to discuss an unspecified issue in open court Thursday. Selina Guevara, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024

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“Open court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 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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