How to Format an Answer Letter for a Civil Summons

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Step 1

Provide the name of the court at the top of the Answer. You can find the information on the summons. Write the entire address just like it is on the complaint.

Step 2

List the name of the plaintiff on the left side. Place a “v” on the next line, then write your name -- you’re the defendant.

Step 3

Write the case number on the right side of the Answer. You can find the number on the Summons.

Step 4

Address the Judge and discuss your side of the case. For example, start with “Your Honor….” You can either admit or deny any part of the summons. When you deny the plaintiff’s statements, briefly talk about why it’s not true.

Step 5

Ask the judge to dismiss the case. Print your information such as name, address and telephone number. Underneath your printed name, sign you name.


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