docket

noun
dock·et | \ˈdä-kət \

Definition of docket 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief written summary of a document : abstract

2a(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

verb

Definition of docket (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for docket

Synonyms: Noun

agenda, calendar, program, schedule, timetable

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Examples of docket in a Sentence

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

Kavanaugh's skepticism of agency power and major federal regulations could immediately come into play with the very first case on the Supreme Court docket in October. chicagotribune.com, "Trump nominee Kavanaugh could usher in even more business-friendly era on Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 After several rounds through federal court, the case landed on the Supreme Court’s docket in 1993. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Separating Children From Parents is Shocking And Inhumane — It Is Also An American Tradition," 22 June 2018 According to documents released by the NTSB as part of the hearing docket, human error was likely a factor in both crashes, but other factors such as lack of training also may have played a role. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Amtrak says new focus on safety will make rail travel safer for all," 11 July 2018 An online docket established for the media groups’ request did not list the attorneys challenging the release. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Court seeks input on secrecy of sex abuse grand jury report," 2 July 2018 Also on the docket: a collaborative show at Kopeikin Gallery, in which painter Kirsten Tradowsky painted works from gallerist Paul Kopeikin’s collection of vernacular photography. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts: A wild procession, a female 'Tempest' and music's new sounds of protest," 30 June 2018 With the midterm elections approaching and a Supreme Court nomination on the docket, time is quickly evaporating for senators to approve the amendment this year if Trump sent it to them. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 The court is generally considered the second most important, but its docket is idiosyncratic and heavily weighted toward administrative law, which can be extraordinarily complex. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench," 9 July 2018 Aside from the hot-button cases, the term produced decisions on its business docket with ramifications for companies and consumers. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "End of Supreme Court Term Finds Conservatives in Command," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 The court’s other death-penalty case docketed so far is equally disturbing. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What the New Supreme Court Will Decide," 29 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of docket

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for docket

Noun

Middle English doggette

Noun

earlier doggette, docquet summary, abstract, of unknown origin

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docket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of docket

: a list of the legal cases that will be tried in a court of law

: a list of things to do or discuss

docket

noun
dock·et | \ˈdä-kət \

Legal Definition of docket 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2a : a list of legal actions to be heard by a court the nearly 500 such cases on court dockets— Rorie Sherman — compare calendar

b : the caseload of a court a great part of our docket consisted of regulatory agency cases— R. H. Bork

Legal Definition of docket (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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