open court

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Judicial proceedings of a court in session that the public may attend. Certain proceedings, such as hearings on evidence that might prejudice the jury or reveal sensitive information that should not be made public, are not held in open court, but instead are held "in camera" (in the judge's chambers or after the courtroom has been cleared).

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.