open court


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Federal prosecutors said Acosta has cooperated in ongoing corruption investigations, but did not elaborate in open court. Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune, 12 Apr. 2023 The architecture of those programs is so sensitive that federal attorneys have sought to keep details under seal and to prevent former federal employees from testifying in open court. Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2018 Typically, people under indictment are arraigned in open court. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2023 In the second quarter of a senior-night game against Loyola High in January, Bronny threw an outlet pass to streaking senior Ashton Hardaway in the open court. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023 The Longhorns have incredible length on their roster, the only starter under 6-foot-4 is Marcus Carr, and have used that all season to force turnovers and get into the open court. Xavier, meanwhile, didn’t perform well defensively most of the year. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 24 Mar. 2023 In at least one instance, her office got a court order to keep documents secret even after they were introduced as evidence in open court. Dave Boucher And Ron French, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2023 Backcourt mates Jenkins and Bryan are tough downhill drivers and thrive in the open court. Nate Weitzer,, 16 Mar. 2023 Elson told The Chronicle changes to the agreement that the company has students sign also created carve outs in clauses designed to protect the company from class-action lawsuits, and forced students to bring cases in private arbitration instead of open court. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Open court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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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