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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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'But I think having an older player opening the batting would be papering over the cracks.
"Talking to Brendon McCullum, when he was my team-mate at Sussex last season, about opening the batting in Twenty20 cricket helped redress the balance.
'Last year I had too many 20s and 30s and need to get more bigger scores, especially now when opening the batting.
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"I've enjoyed keeping wicket and going in at three, then I also enjoy opening the batting as well.
Opening the batting with the great Jack Hobbs, Kinneir started with an eminently respectable 22 and 30 - then was promptly dropped as England went into the second Test with an extra bowler and was never picked again.
Reaching back to the captaincy of Ponting for the 'blueprint' for how he would like to proceed from here, Watson said that the way Ponting used him when he was opening the batting worked properly during his captaincy, adding that he was able to get through a lot of cricket without too many injuries.
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I put the team in a good position opening the batting, but I'm not still there at the end with a big hundred next to my name.
Clarke made it clear that opening the batting in limited overs games bore little relation to Test cricket, reports.
Omani player Salim Ismail Al Balushi opening the batting top scored with a well compiled 42 (22 balls, 1 six, 6 fours) while Ahmid Ashiq 36 not out (15 balls, 3 fours), Kannan 30 not out (17 balls, 5 fours), Sujan 28 (15 balls, 3 fours), Mazar 26 (17 balls, 4 fours) and skipper Rohan Shetty 24 (17 balls, 2 fours) chipped in with useful contributions.
Gordon Muchall made 26, captain Dale Benkenstein 50 and wicketkeeper Phil Mustard, opening the batting, top scored with 63.