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so required in writing by one of the interested parties. All other cases were to be entered in
docket-like volumes which contained merely a bare outline of the actions taken in each case
and the final decision. This record was called, "Short Entries of Judgments" or "Short
Judgments."

JUDGMENTS SATISFIED

Record of judgments entered as satisfied upon written order of plaintiff or his attorney as
provided by Chapter 96 of the Acts of 1840.

DOCKETS (COURT DOCKETS, OFFICE DOCKETS)

Calendar of various actions brought before the court with entries in brief of all the im-
portant actions taken in each case from its beginning to its conclusion. For each term of
court the entries are grouped under appropriate headings: trials, references, imparlances,
appeals, petitions, appearances or originals, judicials, chancery or equity, commissions, criminal
appearances, criminal continuances and criminal trials. Duplicate copies of the official docket
were sometimes prepared for the use of the judges, the state's attorney or the clerk of court.
These will not be listed unless they replace missing volumes of the official docket or otherwise
supplement the record. Although the form of indexing varies considerably, it is rare that a
docket has no index at all.

CRIMINAL JUDGMENTS (CRIMINAL BUSINESS, CRIMINAL BOOK)

Record of proceedings of the county court in criminal cases. The early criminal cases
were entered along with civil cases in Judgments, but in some counties a separate record was
eventually established for criminal proceedings.

CRIMINAL DOCKETS

Calendar and brief record of criminal cases acted upon in each term of court. These too
were originally contained in the Dockets along with civil cases and later separated in some
counties.

STET DOCKETS

Brief record of cases that have been removed from the Court Docket because they have
remained inactive over a period of years. Although stet cases are subject to being reacti-
vated, they rarely are.

REFERENCE DOCKETS

Brief record of cases that have been referred to arbitrators by consent of parties concerned
or counsel and by rule of court. (See Section 8, Chapter 21, Acts of 1778 and Section 11,
Chapter 80, Acts of 1785.)

MISCELLANEOUS DOCKETS

Brief record of miscellaneous court actions, including tax sales, habeas corpus proceedings,
mandamus proceedings, lunacy commitments, registration and disqualification of voters, re-
monstrances, condemnation proceedings, protests against issuance of licenses, receiverships and
adoption of children.

BOND RECORDS (BONDS)

Record of all types of bonds filed with clerks of courts or given or taken in any court
proceedings or actions, either in law or equity. Chapter 516 of the Acts of 1902 required such

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