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To curtail or diminish, as, for example, to dock a person's wages for lateness or poor work. The cage or enclosed space in a criminal court where prisoners stand when brought in for trial.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during trial.
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With him in the dock was Samantha Bacon, 26, of Pentland Avenue, Billingham, who admitted perverting the course of justice.
Adams will have to appear in the dock for ``improper conduct and ins ulting words'' towards referee Mike Riley at the half-time interval of the game with Birmingham at the Walkers Stadium10 days ago.
Also in the dock will be ex-Wimbledon keeper Hans Segers and ex-Aston Villa, Wimbledon and England striker John Fashanu.