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A summon is a court order to an individual to appear in court at a specified time and place. A summon may be issued in both criminal and in civil cases.
HOW IS A SUMMON SERVED
SERVICE WHEN PERSONS SUMMONED CANNOT BE FOUND
Where the persons summoned cannot be found, the summons may be served by leaving one of the duplicates for the person with some adult male member of the family residing with him, and the person with whom the summon is left, shall sign a receipt on the back of the duplicate.
A servant is not a member of the family.
SUMMONS MAY BE SERVED BY POST TO A WITNESS
A court issuing summons to a witness may simultaneously direct a copy of the summons to be served by registered post addressed to the witness. When an acknowledgment purporting to be signed by the witness or an endorsement is made by the postal employee that the witness refused to take delivery of the summons has been received, the Court issuing the summons may declare that the summons has been duly served.
In case the service of summons is evaded the court may issue bailable or non-bailable warrants.
PROCLAMATION FOR PERSON ABSCONDING
If any court has reason to believe that any person against whom a warrant has been issued has absconded or is concealing himself so that such warrant cannot be executed, such court may publish a written proclamation requiring him to appear at a specified place and time within 30 days of publishing such proclamation.
The proclamation shall be published as follows:-
ATTACHMENT OF PROPERTY OF PERSON ABSCONDING
The Court issuing a proclamation may, at any time after the issue of the proclamation, order the attachment of any property, movable or immovable or both, belonging to the proclaimed person:
Provided where at the time of issue of the proclamation the Court is satisfied that the person in relation to whom the proclamation is to be issuedâ€“
it may order the attachment simultaneously with the issue of the proclamation.