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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.

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.

See: bench

open court

a court or trial to which members of the public are freely admitted.

OPEN COURT. The term sufficiently explains its meaning. By the constitution of some states, and by the laws and practice of all the others, the courts are required to be kept open; that is, free access is admitted in courts to all persons who have a desire to enter there, while it can be done without creating disorder.
     2. In England, formerly, the parties and probably their witnesses were admitted freely in the courts, but all other persons were required to pay in order to obtain admittance. Stat. 13 Edw. I. C. 42, and 44; Barr. on the Stat, 126, 7. See Prin. of Pen. Law. 165

References in classic literature ?
11} [Greek] The whole open court with the covered cloister running round it was called [Greek], or [Greek], but the covered part was distinguished by being called "shady" or "shadow-giving".
No, Evgenie Pavlovitch, if, as you said yourself just now, a lawyer said in open court that he found it quite natural that a man should murder six people because he was in misery, the world must be coming to an end.
With the open courts and everything done in style, nowadays there's no question of stealing.
ISLAMABAD:The people of Balochistan on Monday lauded Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo's initiative to resolve their problems on the spot by holding open court every week since he assumed the charge of his new office on January 13 this year.
MULTAN:National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Multan will hold open court on last Thursday of every month
MULTAN -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will hold an open court on last Thursday of every month.
Delay in completion of Quetta Safe City project is causing heavy losses in the shape of human lives,' the chief minister said while addressing weekly open court at the CM Secretariat on Friday.
In the open court, arranged by Chairman NAB, office-bearers of Commerce Cooperative Housing Society had levelled allegation of grabbing plot on both officers.
LAHORE -- For the first time the National Accountability Bureau is holding an open court at its Thokar Niaz Beg office here on Thursday (tomorrow).
Like the woman accused of adultery in the Bible, the nine-year-old girl was made to stand in open court and face the man whom she called 'Uncle' who allegedly took away her innocence forever - by defiling her.
They chose Open Court Reading from McGraw-Hill Education, which had proven successful in a Washington State district they had contacted.
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