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summons

[sum′əns]
Etymology: OFr, somondre, to remind secretly
(in law) a document issued by a clerk of the court on the filing of a complaint. A sheriff, marshal, or other appointed person serves the summons, notifying a person that an action has been begun against him or her. See also service of process.

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n a writ requiring a proper officer to notify a defendant that an action has been begun against him or her in the court from which the writ was issued and that he or she is required to appear on a certain day to answer the complaint.
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Haitian-Born Reformer, Nominated By Coalition of Opposition Parties Also Issues Legal Summons Demanding Release of Secret Government Records
The Haitian-born reformer also instructed his legal team to prepare a series of formal legal summons to force the government to release all previously secret records relating to the CEP's surprising action Friday to reverse the electoral council's earlier approval of Mr.
The legal summons applies not only to secret government records which could show the government's collusion in a back-door effort to exclude the reform campaign of Mr.