Docket Sounding Law and Legal Definition

Docket sounding is the last effort of the Judge and the attorneys involved to schedule specific days and times for trials just prior to the beginning of the trial docket. The meeting is to understand if they are going ahead with the trial as scheduled on the docket or not. All victims and witnesses will receive a subpoena when scheduled. Notice of the docket sounding will also be provided. Attendance at docket sounding can be mandatory or optional. Petitions can also be filed to waive a person’s presence at docket sounding. It is a tool for docket control. In some criminal and county court's docket sounding is the last chance for the defendant to take a plea offer from the prosecutor.