What Is a ''Docket Sheet'' In Texas ?

A docket sheet is a memorandum made for the court's and clerk's benefit. See First Nat'l Bank v. Birnbaum, 826 S.W.2d 189, 191 (Tex. App.--Austin 1992, no writ) (op. on reh'g). A docket sheet lacks the formality of an order or judgment, is considered inherently unreliable, and generally forms no part of the record that an appellate court will consider. See id. A docket sheet cannot be used to contradict or prevail over a final judicial order. See N-S-W Corp. v. Snell, 561 S.W.2d 798, 799 (Tex. 1977). A trial court's final judgment is presumed to be correct in the absence of contrary evidence. See Breazeale v. State, 683 S.W.2d 446, 450 (Tex. Crim. App. 1985) (op. on reh'g).