dock·​et | \ ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio) \

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


docketed; docketing; dockets

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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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 In responding to a question about involuntary dismissals, Stevenson said that judges who are contractors could simply be taken off of the docket schedule. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano City Council reappoints eight municipal court judges," 14 Apr. 2020 Judge Shannon Gallagher’s jail docket shrank by 24 defendants, from 50 to 26. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "One veteran Cuyahoga County judge lagged far behind colleagues in helping clear jail amid coronavirus pandemic," 4 Apr. 2020 Thursday’s arraignment docket in Solano County Superior Court included three of these defendants: One was transported from a Sacramento County jail, another from a Contra Costa County jail, and a third from a Santa Clara County jail. Megan Cassidy,, "As counties released inmates amid coronavirus, Solano County picked them up and brought them to its jails," 30 Mar. 2020 The court's docket indicates he was arrested on Tuesday. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Justice Department says intentionally spreading coronavirus could violate anti-terrorism laws," 25 Mar. 2020 To minimize traffic in the courthouse, judges’ dockets will be staggered. Kevin Grasha,, "Clermont County Common Pleas Court postpones all jury trials through at least April 17," 19 Mar. 2020 Harris County Civil, Criminal, Family and Juvenile District Courts’ dockets are canceled for Friday. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Several Houston restaurants, universities close due to broken water main near East Loop 610," 27 Feb. 2020 In February, the agency released the docket for today's meeting. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "NTSB Rules Autopilot was Probable Cause of Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash," 25 Feb. 2020 When an agreement cannot be reached, the cases are moved to an emergency docket. Fox News, "Florida judge urges lawyers to get out of bed and get dressed for Zoom court cases," 15 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The suit was filed on Friday, but not docketed until late Tuesday. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Ex, Ghislaine Maxwell, Sues His Estate for Legal Fees," 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, "Why Northam’s assault weapons bill never really had a chance in the Virginia Senate," 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,, "Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh arrives at court to face fraud, tax charges in ‘Healthy Holly’ case; plea possible," 21 Nov. 2019 By that time, Duckett’s home had been docketed for foreclosure for more than a year. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "On probation for fraud, he allegedly swindled again. And a woman lost her home.," 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, "Churchill Downs applies to permanently close part of South Fourth Street in Louisville," 30 July 2019 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte,, "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,, "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,, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of docket


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for docket


Middle English doggette

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21 May 2020

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“Docket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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


dock·​et | \ ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for docket


earlier doggette, docquet summary, abstract, of unknown origin

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