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Oath A declaration to tell the truth before the law.

Obstruction of Justice A criminal offense whereby an individual interferes, either through their words or behaviour, with the court’s ability to carry out operations of the law.

Occupier Liability A property owner’s duty of care towards those who visit or trespass on their premises.

Offer A proposition to perform a particular service or act, provided that certain conditions are met.

Omission The refusal to perform an act to which one is legally obliged.

Oppression When authority or power are exercised in a way that goes beyond acceptable limits; for example, in a way that is cruel, excessively severe, or unjust.

Order in Council A type of legislation used in the UK and British Commonwealth through which governments can implement decisions that require legal force. Orders in Council are used either to exercise the Royal Prerogative (that is, primary legislation) or in accordance with an Act of Parliament (that is, as a statutory instrument).

Originating summons A document outlining the agreed facts within a legal case, which marks the formal start of the case.

Outlaw A criminal who, through their lawless behaviour, has forfeited their rights to the benefits and protection of the law.

Overt Act An act that can serve as evidence of an individual’s intent to commit a crime.

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