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Meaning of Caption

The introduction of a pleading which shows the names of the parties , name of court , number of docket or calendar , etc. St. Louis Lightning Rod Co. v Johnson, 89 S.E. 169, 18 Ga.App. 190.

Caption Alternative Definition

(1) A taking, or seizing; an arrest. The word is no longer used in this sense.
(2) The heading of a legal instrument in which is shown when, where, and by what authority it was taken, found, or executed. Principally used in respect to indictments. See, as to requisites, 8 Gray (Mass.) 454; 1 South. (N. J.) 46. This meaning, now the general one, is not justified by the derivation, which is from capere, to take, and not from caput, a head. In the English practice, when an inferior court, in obedience to the writ of certiorari, returns an indictment into the king”s bench, 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 Wm. Saund. 309, note 2.

Caption Legal Definition

The heading or introductory clause of papers connected with a case in court, which shows the names of the parties, name of the court, docket number of the case, etc.

Synonyms of Caption


  • annotation
  • banner
  • banner head
  • banner line
  • characterization
  • clause
  • description
  • designation
  • display line
  • head
  • heading
  • headline
  • headnote
  • imprint
  • indication of contents
  • inscription
  • legend
  • mark of identification
  • notes
  • preface
  • rubric
  • section head
  • specification
  • statement
  • subhead
  • subheading
  • subtitle
  • superscription
  • title
  • topic
  • Associated Concepts: caption of a petition
  • caption of a pleading
  • caption of indictment

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What does Caption mean in American Law?

The definition of Caption in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

The “heading” of a legal instrument, especially a pleading, motion, etc., consisting of information useful for quickly identifying and using it, e.g., parties, file number, court, nature of document, etc. The rules about what should be in a caption vary, even locally, from jurisdiction to jurisdiction; see, e.g., Fed. R. Civ. P. 10(a).


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English Spanish Translation of Caption

Título del expediente judicial

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  • Article Name: Caption
  • Author: Asian Law
  • Description: The introduction of a calendar , etc. St. Louis Lightning Rod Co. v Johnson, 89 S.E. 169, 18 Ga.App. 190.

This entry was last modified: August 11, 2014

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