Open Court Definition

A court in session, especially a court in public session in a courtroom, rather than being engaged in proceedings closed to the public, as in a judge's chambers.
American Heritage
A functioning court attended by all interested parties and admitting the public, presided over by a judge. The term usually implies that all of the business of the court is done in a public judicial proceeding, rather than in a judge’s office or chamber(s).
Webster's New World Law

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