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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).
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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
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Witness Mukhtar, in his his statement pertaining to the Avenfield Flats reference, told the court that the summons delivered at the Shamim House, Jati Umrah, were received by security officers Ataullah and Malik Arif.
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The IRS employee can ask for it, make an informal written request together with the answer due date, (4) or issue a summons demanding the taxpayer or third party give testimony or produce the information by a specific date and time.
Former Administrative Court judge Mohammad Al-Jathlani said if the detailed information of the case is not attached in the summon letter then the procedure is a violation of regulation.
MIT has rebuffed the summons and Fidan has so far failed to appear.
Many workers also fear missing work might cost them their jobs and are ignoring their jury summons.
The document instituting the proceedings had clearly failed to reach its addressee before the date the President of the Paris District Court had expressly specified as a condition upon his giving leave to summon the Defendant.
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The chief justice stated that if the court can summon Sindh chief minister on the issue, why can't it do the same to his counterpart in Punjab.
Now government has step back from its decision of summoning of Wajid Zia as his summon was not schedule in today's meeting.
Punjab government spokesperson told that they have received no information regarding the summon.
The summon has been issued under the seal of the OIC of the Achchuveli police.