witness summons

witness summons
Prior to the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules this was known as a subpoena ad testificum. It is a document issued by the court requiring a witness to appear before a court and give evidence or to produce documents to the court.
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  • witness summons — ➔ summons1 * * * witness summons UK US noun [C] UK LAW ► a legal document ordering someone to appear in a court of law to give information about a particular person or event: apply for/issue/serve a witness summons »Witness summonses can be… …   Financial and business terms

  • witness order — In the context of employment law, an order issued by an employment tribunal that a certain witness is required to attend a hearing. Failure to attend the tribunal when under a witness order is a criminal offence. An application for a witness… …   Law dictionary

  • summons — ▪ I. summons sum‧mons 1 [ˈsʌmənz] noun summonses PLURALFORM [countable] LAW an official order to appear in a court of law: • Administrators of his estate have issued a summons to get him to return to Australia. oˈriginating ˌsummons …   Financial and business terms

  • summons — sum·mons 1 / sə mənz/ n pl sum·mons·es / mən zəz/: a written notification that one is required to appear in court: as a: a document in a civil suit that is issued by an authorized judicial officer (as a clerk of court) and delivered to a… …   Law dictionary

  • Summons — Sum mons, n.; pl. {Summonses}. [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See {Summon}, v.] 1. The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • summons — noun 1 order to go somewhere ADJECTIVE ▪ urgent ▪ royal VERB + SUMMONS ▪ send, send out ▪ await, expect …   Collocations dictionary

  • witness — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 person who sees sth ADJECTIVE ▪ crucial (esp. BrE), key, material, vital (esp. BrE) ▪ As the last person to see her alive, he was a material witness in the case. ▪ independent …   Collocations dictionary

  • summons — I. noun (plural summonses) Etymology: Middle English somouns, from Anglo French somonse, from past participle of somondre Date: 13th century 1. the act of summoning; especially a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to a duty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • summons — 1. noun /ˈsʌmənz/ a) A call to do something, especially to come. b) A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • summons — 1 noun plural summonses (C) an official order to appear in a court of law: serve a summons on sb (=order someone to appear in court) 2 verb (transitive usually passive) to order someone to appear in a court of law: I was summonsed to appear as a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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