Definition of DOCKET in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DOCKET

v. To abstract and enter in a book. 3 Bl. Comm. 397, 398. To make a brief entry of any proceeding in a court of justice in the docket.

n. A minute, abstract, or brief entry; or the book containing such entries. A small piece of paper or parchment having the effect of a larger. Blount. A file. Touchstone Live Stock Co. v. Easters, 172 Ga. 454, 157 S.E. 683, 684.

In Practice

A formal record, entered in brief, of the proceedings in a court of justice. Brinn v. Wooding, 298 N.Y.S. 971, 975, 164 Misc. 850.

A book containing an entry in brief of all the important acts done in court in the conduct of each case, from its inception to its conclusion.

The name of "docket" or "trial docket" is sometimes given to the list or calendar of causes set to be tried at a specified term, prepared by the clerks for the use of the court and bar.

Kinds of Dockets

An appearance docket is one in which the appearances in actions are entered, also containing a brief abstract of the successive steps in each action. A bar docket is an unofficial paper consisting of a transcript of the docket for a term of court, printed for distribution to members of the bar. Gifford v. Cole, 57 Iowa, 272, 10 N.W. 672. An execution docket is a list of the executions sued out or pending in the sheriff's office. A judgment docket is a list or docket of the judgments entered in a given court, methodically kept by the clerk or other proper officer, open to public inspection, and intended to afford official notice to interested parties of the existence or lien of judgments.

In General

Docket fee. An attorney's fee, of a fixed sum, chargeable with or as a part of the costs of the action, for the attorney of the successful party; so, called because chargeable on the docket, not as a fee for making docket entries. Bank v. Neill, 13 Mont. 377, 34 Pac. 180; Goodyear v. Sawyer, C.C., 17 Fed. 2.

Docket, striking a. A phrase formerly used in English bankruptcy practice. It referred to the entry of certain papers at the bankruptcy office, preliminary to the prosecution of the fiat against a trader who had become bankrupt. These papers consisted of the affidavit, the bond, and the petition of the creditor, and their object was to obtain from the lord chancellor his fiat, authorizing the petitioner to prosecute his complaint against the bankrupt in the bankruptcy courts. Brown.

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