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Family law glossary - O

Oath

To call upon God or something sacred to witness that what a person says is the truth.

Occupation order

An order of the court controlling the occupation of a property.

Official solicitor

A solicitor or barrister appointed by the Lord Chancellor to represent people who are incapable of looking after their own affairs i.e. children or persons suffering from mental incapacity.

Order   

A direction of the court.

Oral evidence

Evidence given to the court given verbally rather than in writing.

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