(redirected from Legal summons)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.
Related to Legal summons: summonses


see procedureprocedure,
in law, the rules that govern the obtaining of legal redress. This article deals only with civil procedure in Anglo-American law (for criminal procedure, see criminal law).
..... Click the link for more information.



in the USSR, an official written order to appear in court. A telegram or telephone message is equivalent to a legal summons. The summons states who is being called and in what capacity, where and before whom the person must appear, and the time of the appearance. It also indicates the consequences of failure to appear, for example, a witness may be forced to appear or a defendant’s measure of restraint may be made more severe.

The summons is also used to order citizens to appear before an investigator or person conducting an inquiry.


a. an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
b. the writ making such an order
2. a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
References in periodicals archive ?
In the legal summons the man could be defined as 'of' his estate (or 'younger of') if he was landed gentry, or by his occupation.
Lawyers for PW Botha contended during closing arguments yesterday that a legal summons from a body probing apartheid atrocities was "null and void" and the case against the former president should be dismissed.
On the stand Sue Africa complained, "The police shoot at MOVE because MOVE won't answer a legal summons; now we come to trial, and the police won't answer a legal summons.