summons

7 ENTRIES FOUND:

1sum·mons

noun \ˈsə-mənz\

law : an official order to appear in a court of law

: an official order to appear at a particular place

plural sum·mons·es

Full Definition of SUMMONS

1
:  the act of summoning; especially :  a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to a duty
2
:  a warning or citation to appear in court: as
a :  a written notification to be served on a person as a warning to appear in court at a day specified to answer to the plaintiff
b :  a subpoena to appear as a witness
3
:  something (as a call) that summons

Examples of SUMMONS

  1. The judge issued a summons.
  2. He received a royal summons.

Origin of SUMMONS

Middle English somouns, from Anglo-French somonse, from past participle of somondre
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to SUMMONS

Synonyms
process, subpoena

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

2summons

transitive verb

law : to order (someone) to appear in a court of law

Full Definition of SUMMONS

:  summon 2

First Known Use of SUMMONS

1683

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

summons

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, written notification that one is required to appear in court. In civil (noncriminal) cases, it notifies a defendant that he or she must appear and defend (e.g., by filing an answer) within a specified time or a default judgment will be rendered for the plaintiff. The summons is also used in cases involving minor criminal offenses (e.g., traffic violations) to call defendants to appear and answer to charges against them. See also subpoena.

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