Docket

Docket in the United States

A record of court activities. A docket contains a summary of all court proceedings and the actions taken there. The term docket is also used to refer to the calendar of cases awaiting trial. This is called a trial docket. An appearance docket contains a summary of the decisions made at each step of an action. A civil docket is a record of all pending cases.

See Also

Delay (Civil Process); speedy trial, 187.

Analysis and Relevance

Dockets reflect the volume of activity in courts. The demand on American trial courts is extensive and substantial backlog exists. Trial dockets for criminal cases are generally current because the Constitution as well as federal and state speedy trial statutes provide that those accused of crimes are entitled to prompt trials. Criminal cases, especially at the felony level, will probably be cleared within six months of charges being formally brought. Civil cases, on the other hand, typically experience extensive delay. Speedy trial requirements do not apply to civil cases. In addition, the great bulk of cases fall in the civil category. Thus, it is not unusual for civil trial dockets to run three to four years behind.

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  1. Definition of Docket from the American Law Dictionary, 1991, California

Docket Definition

A formal record of judicial proceedings; a brief writing; a small piece of paper or parchment having the effect of a larger. Blount. An abstract. Cowell.

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A formal record of judicial proceedings; a brief writing; a small piece of paper or parchment having the effect of a larger. Blount. An abstract. Cowell.

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Docket (Court)

A formal record of all the important acts done in court in the conduct of each case from its beginning to its end. Trial docket is the name sometimes given to the list of causes set to be tried at a specified term and prepared by the clerks for use of the court and bar. See also clerk of the court (in U.S. law), Permanent Record Book.

(Revised by Ann De Vries)

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Court Calendar in this Legal Encyclopedia
Court Calendar definition in the Law Dictionary

Meaning of Docket

In plain or simple terms, Docket means: A brief entry or the book containing such entries of any proceeding in court.

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    Commercial docket in El Paso County’s Fourth Judicial District looks to fast-track civil cases, Colorado Springs Business Journal; March 23, 2007; Amy Gillentine

    Disappearing Dockets, News Media and the Law; January 1, 2006; Mitchell, Kirsten B. Burgess, Susan

    A Diminished Plenary Docket: A Legacy of the Rehnquist Court, Judicature; November 1, 2005; O’Brien, David M.

    Missouri Gun Docket Idea Resurfaces to Mixed Reactions, Missouri Lawyers Media; April 11, 2014; Meinzer, Melissa

    Sunlight Foundation Debuts ‘Docket Wrench’ — Track Federal Regulation Comments Online, States News Service; January 31, 2013

    Shaping the Supreme Court’s Federal Certiorari Docket*, Justice System Journal; May 1, 2006; Scott, Kevin M.

    Explaining the Supreme Court’s Shrinking Docket, William and Mary Law Review; March 1, 2012; Owens, Ryan J. Simon, David A.

    St. Louis Circuit Court individual docket approved; starts Jan. 1, St. Louis Daily Record; December 11, 2006; Allison Retka

    ALASKA REGULATORY COMMISSION ISSUES ORDER OPENING DOCKET, SUSPENDING TARIFF ADVICE FILING, TRANSFERRING COST OF SERVICE STUDY, RATE DESIGN, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; March 3, 2006

    ALASKA REGULATORY COMMISSION ISSUES ORDER ON CLOSING DOCKET U-06-126, OPENING DOCKET, ADDRESSING TIMELINE FOR DECISION, DESIGNATING COMMISSION PANEL, APPOINTING ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; January 22, 2007

    Re-examining the case for a commercial docket in the 4th Judicial District, Colorado Springs Business Journal; April 8, 2011; Amy Gillentine

    FLORIDA PSC ISSUES SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA INFORMATION ON DOCKET NO. 070118-TP, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; June 7, 2007

    ALASKA REGULATORY COMMISSION ISSUES ORDER ON REOPENING DOCKETS, GRANTING UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME, CLOSING DOCKETS, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; December 14, 2006

    Scandal of the missing dockets.(News), The Saturday Star (South Africa); November 28, 2009

    Santee and Ft. Peck want distribution of Docket 74-A: Money totals, Indian Country Today (Oneida, NY); June 22, 1994; Avis Little Eagle

    ALASKA REGULATORY COMMISSION ISSUES ORDER OPENING DOCKET, REQUESTING COMMENTS, SCHEDULING PUBLIC HEARING, SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING, CLOSING DOCKET, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; September 22, 2006

    LEADERSHIP VIEWS…Judge Gene Zmuda: Commercial docket to aid business development, Toledo Business Journal; September 1, 2010; Anonymous

    ALASKA REGULATORY COMMISSION ISSUES ORDER FOR SUSPENDING TARIFF FILING, AMENDING DOCKET TITLE, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; December 11, 2006

    The Supreme Court’s Declining Plenary Docket: A Membership-Based Explanation, Constitutional Commentary; September 22, 2010; Stras, David R.

    New Maryland District Court Docket Provides Help for the Homeless, The Daily Record (Baltimore); July 18, 2013; Tousignant, Kristi

    Docket Definition in the context of the Federal Court System

    A log containing the complete history of each case in the form of brief chronological entries summarizing all court proceedings. All federal court dockets are maintained in electronic form and are generally available to the public by computer.

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