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A summons is an order by a court requiring someone to appear. Most often, a summons is given to a defendant, requiring his or her presence to defend a case. A summons can also be given to a witness in a court case.

A summons and a subpoena are often confused. Most often, a summons is given to defendants and a subpoena is for witnesses.

A summons was issued to Carlton Construction as the defendant in a small claims court case.

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