What is a Docket Number?

A docket number is the number on a list of cases to heard on a particular day in court. For example, when there are several motion hearings set for a specific day in court, the court will prepare a docket, which is the list of cases/motions to be heard that day. The docket will then list in numbered order each case, and each number represents a docket number. When the clerk calls up a case for the parties to come to the appropriate tables to make their arguments, she will call the number (docket number) on the list as well as announce the name of the case.