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OBJECTION

the verbal response of a lawyer during a trial or deposition that seeks to have the judge decide whether a question or answer was inappropriate.

OBLIGEE

the person to whom money or property is owed by a judgment.

OBLIGOR

the person who owes money or property as the result of a judgment.

OPENING STATEMENT

a lawyer's opening remarks in the beginning of a trial. They are addressed to the judge.

ORDER

a court's specific ruling on an issue.

ORDER OF PROTECTION

an order entered by the court to prevent one spouse from doing something.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

a court order requiring a party to a civil action to appear in court on a specific date and time and explain why the court should not take a particular action in the case.