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

    To fork, a practice of delaying an action against two or more defendants by appearing at different times instead of together.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Fr. To fork. This was a method of delaying an action anciently resorted to by defendants when two of them were joined in the suit Instead of appearing together, each would appear in turn and cast an essoin for the other, thus postponing the trial. '