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To make accessible, visible, or available; to submit to review, examination, or inquiry through the elimination of restrictions or impediments.

To open a judgment means to render it capable of reexamination by removing or relaxing the bar of its finality. A judgment is ordinarily opened at the insistence of a party who is able to show good cause as to why the execution of the judgment would be inequitable.

To open a court is to formally announce, ordinarily through the bailiff, that the session has commenced and that the business before the tribunal will proceed.

The term open is also used as an adjective in reference to that which is patent, visible, apparent, or notorious, such as a defect in a product, or conduct such as lewdness.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

TO OPEN, OPENING. To open a case is to make a statement of the pleadings in a case, which is called the opening.
     2. The opening should be concise, very distinct and perspicuous. Its use is to enable the judge and jury to direct their attention to the real merits of the case, and the points in issue. 1 Stark. R. 439;S. C. 2 E. C. L. R. 462; 2 Stark. R. 31; S. C 3 Eng. C. L. R. 230.
     3. The opening address or speech is that made immediately after the evidence has been closed; such address usually states, 1st. The full extent of the plaintiff's claims, and the circumstances under which they are made, to show that they are just and reasonable. 2d. At least an outline of the evidence by which those claims are to be established. 3d. The legal grounds and authorities in favor of the claim or of the proposed evidence. 4th. An anticipation of the expected defence, and statement of the grounds on which it is futile, "either in law or justice, and the reasons why it ought to fail. 3 Chit. Pr. 881; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3044, et seq. To open a judgment, is to set it aside.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Detailed analysis, which included information from the police cars' incident data recorders, showed that Long opened fire for "some other reason than sheer necessity".
He added that the gunmen opened fire on the policemen stationed in the area and fled to an unknown destination, the incident resulted in the killing of one policeman and wounding another.
In October assailants opened fire on a church in the Giza neighbourhood of Al-Warraq during a wedding, leaving five dead.
Israeli forces then opened fire and teargas to disperse demonstrators.
Early reports from Al Ghad news, a Jordanian newspaper, Sharif opened fire using the AK-47 during a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the House of Representatives , which lies in the Abdali area of Amman.
Earlier, a Palestinian fisherman, Zaki Tarosh, 45, from Gaza City, was injured in the left foot after Israeli gunboats opened fire at a group of fishermen near the city's shore.
Mr Junglebagh added: "He had a pistol, opened fire and killed two.
But all of a sudden, the police opened fire on the mourners, killing Noor and injuring six others," Sahil Ahmad, a resident of Khanabal where the funeral was held, said.
AFGHAN security forces yesterday opened fire on protesters angered by plans to burn the Koran.
INDIA: One man was killed and two policemen were injured after a terrorist suspect opened fire at a railway station in north India.
"They were firing everywhere, and they even opened fire on 14 to 15 vehicles passing on the highway", said Tur Gul, 38, who was standing on the roadside by a gas station and was shot twice in his right hand.
forces opened fire on their press vehicles or were victims of coalition bombs.