Docket Fee Law and Legal Definition

Docket fee means a sum of money charged by a court for placing a case on its docket or calendar. In other words it means a set amount chargeable as part of the expenses of the action.

Pursuant to 28 USCS § 1923 (a), “Attorney's and proctor's docket fees in courts of the U.S. may be taxed as costs as follows:

$ 20 on trial or final hearing (including a default judgment whether entered by the court or by the clerk) in civil, criminal or admiralty cases, except that in cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction where the libellant recovers less than $ 50 the proctor's docket fee shall be $ 10;

$ 20 in admiralty appeals involving not over $ 1,000;$ 50 in admiralty appeals involving not over $ 5,000;

$ 100 in admiralty appeals involving more than $ 5,000;

$ 5 on discontinuance of a civil action;

$ 5 on motion for judgment and other proceedings on recognizances;

$ 2.50 for each deposition admitted in evidence.”