Docket Book Law and Legal Definition

Docket book refers to a sequential collection of all docket sheets of a court. It is a register containing the complete history of each case. It is kept by the clerk of the court. Each case is entered in a chronological order by incorporating the summary court proceedings.

A docket book shall contain:

(1)the names of the parties, and

(2) a written record of every proceeding in the case.

In Morrow v. Pucher, 137 Misc. 592 (N.Y. Misc. 1930), the court observed that a docket book of a justice of the peace is a public record and it is open for examination by the public. The court further observed that ‘a docket-book kept by a justice must be kept open, during the hours when a sheriff's office is required by law to be kept open, for search and examination by any person, upon his reasonable request and to a reasonable extent’.

In general a docket book means a summary of the contents of a document or a list attached to a package that shows the contents for assembling or guidelines for operation.