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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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Anne was welcomed back to school with open arms. Her imagination had been sorely missed in games, her voice in the singing and her dramatic ability in the perusal aloud of books at dinner hour.
But now, NOW, in the face of the new suspicions that had become convictions by the afternoon's umbrella-sending--Nancy only welcomed the question with open arms. She was sure that, with a clean conscience to-day, she could set the love-hungry little girl's heart at rest.
He came up to me with open arms. "Come to my arms!" he cried, and embraced and kissed me hard upon both cheek.
There were those who always would welcome him with open arms; who would accept him as a friend and brother, and with whom he might find sanctuary from every enemy.
Maureen Watt, MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, said: "Elected representatives should be taking issues of health and helping people to quit smoking seriously, not welcoming big tobacco corporations in with open arms."
"India awaits you with open arms and a whole lotta warmth, Mesut Bhai!
This is a collaborative effort with Open Arms Clinic's medical patients who are in need of dental care.
Mayor Ben Houchen has said he would welcome local authorities in North Yorkshire into the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) "with open arms".
In an exclusive phone interview with today, Diaz said that should the role be given to Soberano, the actress and her camp will surely be taking it with open arms. But until a decision is announced by Star Cinema, Soberano and her supporters can only keep their hopes up.
By opening the doors to Germany, Mrs Merkel has announced to poor people everywhere that they can come to our shores and be welcomed with open arms. When she gives them German (ie EU) passports, they will all have the right to come to Wales.
And his partner Marie Dockery said she was appalled to see the 24-year-old defender had been welcomed back "with open arms" at Championship side Livingston.