open court
open court n
1: 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
2: a session of a court that is open to the public

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

open court
index bench

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


open court
n.
A court open to the public, to which anyone conducting themselves properly may be admitted.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


open court
Judicial proceedings of a court in session that the public may attend. Certain proceedings, such as hearings on evidence that might prejudice the jury or reveal sensitive information that should not be made public, are not held in open court, but instead are held "in camera" (in the judge's chambers or after the courtroom has been cleared).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


open court
Common law requires a trial in open court; "open court" means a court to which the public has a right to be admitted. This term may mean either a court that has been formally convened and declared open for the transaction of its proper judicial business or a court that is freely open to spectators.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


open court
Common law requires a trial in open court; "open court" means a court to which the public has a right to be admitted. This term may mean either a court that has been formally convened and declared open for the transaction of its proper judicial business or a court that is freely open to spectators.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

open court
n.
   the conduct of judicial proceedings (trials, hearings and routine matters such as trial settings) in which the public may be present. Some hearings and discussions are held in the judge's chambers ("in camera") or with the courtroom cleared of non-participants and/or the jury such as adoptions, sanity hearings, juvenile criminal charges and arguments over evidence and motions which might prejudice the jury. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, later applied to the states under the 14th Amendment, guarantees criminal defendants a "public trial," so all criminal proceedings are held in "open court." This does not apply to pre-trial negotiations and procedural and motion discussions with the judge, which are usually held in chambers.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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