docket

1 of 2

noun

dock·​et ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio)
1
: a brief written summary of a document : abstract
2
a(1)
: a formal abridged record of the proceedings in a legal action
(2)
: a register of such records
b(1)
: a list of legal causes to be tried
also : the caseload of a court or judge
(2)
: a calendar of business matters to be acted on : agenda
3
: an identifying statement about a document placed on its outer surface or cover

docket

2 of 2

verb

docketed; docketing; dockets

transitive verb

1
: to place on the docket for legal action
2
: to make a brief abstract of (something, such as a legal matter) and inscribe it in a list
3
: to inscribe (something, such as a document) with an identifying statement

Example Sentences

Noun The judge had to postpone some of the cases on the docket. on the Broadway docket for the early part of this season
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
With regard to the new threat to democracy pending on the Supreme Court’s docket, these midterm election results yield two huge takeaways. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2022 The court’s docket has two cases in which Brunner has been charged with 14 counts of violating building-maintenance codes. jsonline.com, 16 Nov. 2022 The court’s docket has two cases in which Brunner has been charged with 14 counts of violating building-maintenance codes. Raquel Rutledge, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2022 The federal court docket is full of disturbing stories like Decker's. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 3 Nov. 2022 On the court’s docket are cases that could limit the federal government’s enforcement of clean water regulations, narrow the Voting Rights Act, outlaw affirmative action policies at universities and protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 And the court's docket for the term that begins in October is all but certain to have major repercussions for the 2024 presidential election. Phillip M. Bailey, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 The public court docket in his case is sparse, with many documents filed under seal, as is common in cartel prosecutions. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2022 The court’s docket will be rescheduled and filing deadlines will be extended one day, the court said in a statement. Shaker Heights Municipal Court: Will delay opening until 9 a.m. Staff Reports, cleveland, 2 Feb. 2022
Verb
By a 5-4 vote, the court held that other state officials, including court clerks who would docket the private lawsuits couldn’t be sued in a pre-enforcement challenge. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 The suit was filed on Friday, but not docketed until late Tuesday. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 The Senate Judiciary Committee docketed the bill right away, even before Northam’s seven other gun-control bills, which will be heard Monday. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2020 But some legal observers believe the way in which the hearing has been docketed indicates that a guilty plea is likely. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, 21 Nov. 2019 By that time, Duckett’s home had been docketed for foreclosure for more than a year. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2019 Gabbard said the application will undergo review from different government agencies and several revisions before the city can docket it for a public hearing and potentially approve it. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 30 July 2019 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, 18 June 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English doggette

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of docket was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Docket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/docket. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

docket

1 of 2 noun
dock·​et ˈdäk-ət How to pronounce docket (audio)
1
: a list of legal cases to be tried
2
: a list of items to be acted on : agenda

docket

2 of 2 verb
: to place on the docket for legal action

Legal Definition

docket

1 of 2 noun
dock·​et ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio)
1
a
: a formal abridged record of the proceedings (as motions, orders, and judgments) in a legal action
the clerk shall keep a docket in each caseU.S. Code
b
: a register of such records
2
a
: a list of legal actions to be heard by a court
the nearly 500 such cases on court docketsRorie Sherman
compare calendar
b
: the caseload of a court
a great part of our docket consisted of regulatory agency casesR. H. Bork

docket

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to enter in a docket (as of a case or a court)
closure motions must be docketed sufficiently in advanceW. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel
compare calendar

History and Etymology for docket

Noun

earlier doggette, docquet summary, abstract, of unknown origin

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