What are summons?

  • (noun): A writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant.
    Synonyms: process
    See also — Additional definitions below


Legally, a summons (also known in England and Wales as a claim form, New South Wales as Court Attendance Notice (CAN) is a legal document issued by a court (a judicial summons) or by an administrative agency of government (an administrative summons) for various purposes.

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Summons (disambiguation)
... A summons is a legal document issued by a court ... Summons may also refer to Arthur Summons (born 1935), Australian representative rugby union and rugby league player The Summons, a legal thriller novel Summons of the Lord of Hosts, a Bahá'í holy text ...
Administrative Summons
... One example of an administrative summons is found in the tax law of the United States ... Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue a summons for a taxpayer—or any person having custody of books of account relating to a business of a taxpayer—to ... of the Treasury or his delegate (generally, this means the IRS employee who issued the summons) at the time and place named in the summons ...
The Philippine Order Of Narnians - Activities - Summons
... the regular tPON meetings have been named Summons ... head of tPON's NWA sister group, The Philippine Tolkien Society (TPTS), during the very first Summons ... (By the same tradition, TPTS' own meetings are called Moots) The decision for the Summons venue is very fluid ...
Debt Evasion - Methods of Avoidance Used - Court Summons Avoidance
... The debtor is summoned to court and must be served by a summons, usually at the hands of a sheriff ... and pretend they never received the summons ...
Arthur Summons - The Gladiators
... Summons was the subject of one of the most memorable sporting photographic images ever captured in Australia ... of the two teams, the very tall Norm Provan and more diminutive Summons respectively, embraced in appreciation of each other's stoic efforts ... These six included Summons ...

More definitions of "summons":

  • (verb): Call in an official matter, such as to attend court.
    Synonyms: summon, cite
  • (noun): An order to appear in person at a given place and time.
  • (noun): A request to be present.
    Synonyms: bidding

Famous quotes containing the word summons:

    So live that when thy summons comes to join
    The innumerable caravan that moves
    To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
    His chamber in the silent halls of death,
    Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
    Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
    By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
    Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
    About him and lies down to pleasant dreams.
    William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)