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gag order

noun
1.
a court order banning reporters, attorneys, and other parties involved in a case before a court of law from reporting on or publicly disclosing anything relating to the case.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
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Examples from the web for gag order
  • Lawyers for both sides say the judge has issued a gag order and they are unable to comment on the case.
  • One moment, she explains she cannot talk because of a court-ordered gag order.
  • The same day, a court gag order was issued to prevent anyone involved in the case from speaking to the press.
  • Additionally, the jury was not sequestered and there was no gag order placed on the defense.
  • Claimant interpreted the new communications policy as a gag order meant to keep him quiet about his story.
  • The local media observed a voluntary gag order to prevent the violence from spreading to other cities.
  • There is no gag order available against a complainant.
  • The former chief judge allowed the press in the courtroom in the past under the condition of a qualified gag order.

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