Glossary beginning with O

Objection

A formal protest raised in court during a hearing, when it appears that proper court process or a rule of evidence is not being followed

Open-ended questions

Questions that do not suggest their own answer. They allow a witness to give information in their own words. For example, “What was she wearing?” or “How did you get home that evening?” Open-ended questions are often used in direct examinations in a hearing or trial.

Orders for production

Often used to obtain relevant information or records held by someone else, usually a professional, like a doctor or psychiatrist. To get an Order for Production, an application must be made, requesting that a judge require a non-party to file copies of certain information or produce a file that is relevant to your case.