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TO SUMMON, practice. The act by which a defendant is notified by a competent officer, that an action has been instituted against him, and that he is required to answer to it at a time and place named. This is done either by giving the defendant a copy of the summons, or leaving it at his house; or by reading the summons to him.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Oh no; it must be merely the impertinence of those unblushing hussies; and we can only wonder how such respectable ladies should have responded to a summons that was not meant for them.
We have summoned this various multitude--and, to the credit of our nature, it is a large one--on the principle of Love.
In the great kraal beyond the river there sits a regiment: it is summoned --and then--good-night!
According to a press release issued Thursday, 29 August, the court's summon for contempt hearing was based on the August 4 and 12 summons allegedly issued to Miss Dolo which she has allegedly ignored.
The speaker is bound to summon the assembly session within 14 days according to clause (3) of Article 54 and article 127 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The parliament has decided to summon Transport Minister Aishath Nahula on Wednesday to question her regarding the parking stickers.
Speaker is required to summon the session within 14 days of the receipt of the notice
The Parliament Select Committee on the Easter Sunday attacks is to summon Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena and two former Law and Order Ministers to testify.
Palace: We can't and won't summon Chinese envoy over boat sinking !-- -- ( - June 18, 2019 - 3:30pm MANILA, Philippines Contrary to the previous remarks of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Malacaaang said Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua will not be summoned over the incident in Recto Bank.
Summon has been issued by NAB to Faryal Talpur for appearing before it at 11AM in old NAB Headquarter.
According to ( CNBC , the Enhanced Summon feature is an extension of the Tesla's Autopilot feature.
Exiled top rebel leader Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison said the plan of a court in Manila to summon him was another useless scheme by the Duterte administration to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA) rebels as terrorist groups.