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Obiter Dictum – Remark by a judge in a legal opinion that is irrelevant to the decision and does not establish precedent . Often used in the plural, dicta.

Objection – In a trial, a reason stated on the record by an attorney that a matter or proceeding is illegal. Making objections in open court is important for purposes of making a record for appeal .

Occupational Disease – A disease resulting from on-the-job exposure to conditions or substances detrimental to heath.

Opinion – Written statement by a judge or court of the decision in a case which describes the law applied to the facts of the case and the reasons for the decision.

Order – Written direction or command made by a court or judge, and not included in a judgment. See decree.

Ordinance – Commonly, a regulation passed by a municipal legislative body.

Ordinary Care – The degree of care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances to protect oneself from injury. A person’s failure to use ordinary care is negligence.

Out-of-Court Settlement – An agreement reached between a plaintiff and a defendant to resolve a lawsuit privately and without a judge’s authorization or approval.

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