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Definition - What does Summons mean?

A summons is a court document that orders a person to show up at the court due to the fact that a complaint has been made against him or her. Summons are official legal documents and failure to comply with the instructions that they carry can result in legal consequences. Summons can be made for a wide variety of complaints.

Justipedia explains Summons

Summons are commonly delivered by a member of the sheriff's department, or by another person who has been given the legal authority to make the deliveries. Summons typically contain legal information that is relevant to the issue. For example, the name of the plaintiff, the name of the plaintiff's lawyer, the exact complaint, the case number, etc. may all be listed on the summons. Once a summons is delivered, the lawsuit becomes official, and it will be legally dealt with in court.

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