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Glossary of Common Terms
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OSC (Order to Show Cause) A court order requiring a party to appear in court and show cause why the party applying for the order should not have requested relief. Obligee A person to whom support is owed. Oligor A person ordered to make support payments. Omnibus Hearing See "Pretrial Conference". 150-Day Minute Entry A minute entry issued by court administration on behalf of the civil presiding judge approximately 150 days after the initial filing of a complaint. The purpose is to move cases forward according to the rules and prepare cases for trial. The minute entry directs parties to file documents, most of which are required by Rule 38.1, Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. Oral Argument A hearing at which parties have an opportunity to make oral presentations of their positions to the court. Order A document signed by a judge/commissioner/hearing officer, enforceable by law. Order of Assignment/Wage Assignment A court order directing that deductions be taken from wages or other income to pay current or past due child support or spousal maintenance. Order of Confinement/Commitment Order An order needed to remand a defendant to the custody of the sheriff, prepared by the clerk and signed by the judge. Order of Protection A court order prohibiting a person from committing acts of domestic violence or contacting people protected by the order. Also provides several kinds of protective relief, such as removing firearms from the home, adding other people to the protective order and exclusive use of the home. The plaintiff and defendant must meet one of the following criteria for the relationship test: married now or in the past, live together now or lived together in the past, parent of a child in common, one party is pregnant by the other, or the parties are relatives (parent, in-law, brother, sister, or grandparent). Order to Appear (Commonly referred to as an Order to Show Cause) A legal document ordering a person to appear before the court and explain why the relief requested in a petition should not be granted. Order to Show Cause (OSC) A court order requiring a party to appear in court and show cause why the party applying for the order should not have requested relief. Organization A corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, joint venture, association, government, governmental subdivision or agency or any other legal or commercial entity. Own Recognizance (O.R.) A release without the posting of any bond or security. return to top
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