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They are heard in court making some people ashamed (5)

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I believe the answer is:

pleas

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'they are heard in court' is the definition.
The definition suggests an adverb but the answer is not.

'some people ashamed' is the wordplay.
'some' indicates a hidden word (some of the parts of the word are used).
'PLEAS' is hidden within 'people ashamed'.

'making' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for pleas that I've seen before include "Entreats" , "Urgent entreaties" , "Excuses, pretexts" .)

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