A Summons is a document issued by the court at the time a lawsuit is filed, stating the name of both plaintiff and defendant, the title and file number of the case, the court and its address, the name and address of the plaintiff’s attorney, and instructions concerning the filing of a response to the complaint, including the timeframe in which the response must be filed. A copy of the summons is generally served on each defendant.
Certain writs and/or orders may be served instead of a summons. In such instances, the writ or order will generally contain the type of information contained in a Summons, along with any special orders or instructions of the court. After service to the defendants, the original summons, along with the “return of service” proving the summons and complaint were served, is filed with the court to show that each defendant was served.
Types of Summons