How to Request a Court-Issued Summons

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Court Summons

You must serve the summons on the defendant with your complaint. It provides important information, such as a docket or case number, location where defendant must file his answer, court dates and deadlines for filings. The court may issue a default judgment against a defendant who fails to file an answer to a lawsuit by the deadline stated on the summons. A default judgment generally grants the plaintiff the relief he requested in his complaint.


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