Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A page of one hundred words in the United States; in England, in conveyancing seventy-two words; in parliamentary, chancery and probate matters, ninety words.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. A leaf. In the ancient lawbooks it was the custom to number the leaves, instead of the pages; hence a folio wouid include bath sides of the leaf or two pages. The references to these books are made by the number of the folio, the letters "a" and "& being added to show which of the two pages is intended; thus "Bracton, fol. 100a."
    2. A large size of book, the page being obtained by folding the sheet of paper once only in the binding. Many of the ancient lawbooks are folios.
    3. In computing the length of written legal documents, the term "folio" denotes a contain number of words, fixed by statute in seme states at one hundred. The term "folio," when used as a measure for computing fees or compensation, or in any legal proceedings, means one hundred words, counting every figure necessarily used as a word; and any portion of a folio, when in the whole draft or figure there is not a complete folio, and when there is any excess over the last folio, shall be computed as a folio. Gen. St. Minn. 1878, c. 4, ยง 1, par.