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Oath: In a trial, a solemn pledge made in attestation of the truth of a statement or in verification of a statement made.

Objection: The process of taking exception to a statement or procedure. The presiding judge maintains the authority to sustain or overrule, allow or disallow, a party’s objection.

Occupational disease: Work-related illness; ailment arising from workplace conditions.

Opening statement: An attorney’s initial statement at trial outlining their intended arguments.

Opinion: A judge's written explanation of his or her decision or the decision of the court as determined by a majority of judges. A dissenting opinion may be written when one judge on a court disagrees with the majority opinion. A concurring opinion agrees with the decision of the court but offers further comment.

Order: A court’s or a judge’s express mandate regarding a legal matter.

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