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The standardized heading of a legal instrument, such as a motion or a complaint, which sets forth the names of the parties in controversy, the name of the court, the docket number, and the name of the action.


n. the first section of any written legal pleading (papers) to be filed, which contains the name, address, telephone number of the attorney, the person or persons the attorney represents, the court name, the title of the case, the number of the case, and the title of the documents (complaint, accusation, answer, motion, etc.). Each jurisdiction has its own rules as to the exact format of the caption. [note: there should be a sample]


1 seizure of a thing or a person.
2 the heading of a legal instrument.

CAPTION, practice. That part of a legal instrument, as a 'Commission, indictment, &c., which shows where, when, and by what authority it was taken, found or executed. As to the forms and requisites of captions, see 1 Murph. 281; 8 Yerg. 514; 4 Iredell, 113; 6 Miss,. 469; 1 Scam. 456; 5 How. Mis. 20; 6 Blackf. 299; 1 Hawks, 354; 1 Brev. 169.
     2. In the English practice, when an inferior court in obedience to the writ of certiorari, returns an indictment into the K. B., it is annexed to the caption, then called a schedule, and the caption concludes with stating, that "it is presented in manner and form as appears in a certain indictment thereto annexed," and the caption and indictment are returned on separate parchments. 1 Saund. 309, n. 2. Vide Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.
     3. Caption is another name for arrest. CAPTIVE. By this term is understood one who has been taken; it is usually applied to prisoners of war. (q.v.) Although he has lost his liberty, a captive does not by his captivity lose his civil rights.

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The NAD has long advocated for more open captioned movies, but movie producers have made few copies of open captioned films available.
Video distributed on the World Wide Web can and should be captioned. The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), at the WGBH Educational Foundation, in Boston, is a good source of information:
WGBH is another good source of help on these matters, as is the Captioned Media Program (CMP), and 1-800-237-6819.
Opinion is divided as to whether streaming video on the Web is required to be captioned by law.
Some of these videos, films, and other media are not required to be captioned. Others should have been, but were not.
A closed captioned program is broadcast the same way any other program is broadcast, but when a decoder is attached to the receiving television, the decoder can "open up" the closed captioning, making it visible on the screen.
A "captioned" tape is created by playing the program on one machine, the captions on another, and integrating the two into a new tape that contains audio, video, and captions.
On average, a sixty-minute captioned program can require a combined team effort of twenty-five or more hours of work (R.
Public Law 85-905, "An act to provide in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare for a loan service of captioned films for the deaf," was approved by the President and the Secretary of the U.S.
85-905, Captioned Films for the Deaf was authorized to
(3) Provide for distribution of captioned films through State schools
of individuals and organizations." (Catalog of Captioned Feature and