O.R. Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of O.R., written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is O.R.?

n. Abbreviation for “own recognizance.”

Refers to a judge enabling someone accused in a criminal case to be freed until trial without having to post bail. The person released is referred to as “OR-ed.”

During a trial a judge can release the accused from custody without asking for any knid of security in the form of bail.This decision is taken on the basis of criminal’s past records, intensity of the crime,finanacial condition etc.