Many people do not know what a summons is and if they do they do now know the full extent of details for which it should hold.
There are two main types of Summons namely:
- A Combined Summons: this is mainly used where one is not suing on a liquidated demand or debt; and
- A Simple Summons: this is used when one is suing another based on a liquidated debt.
It is important to note that certain things MUST be on the summons for same to be valid, same would include:
- Where the Plaintiff is represented by an attorney the attorneys address and contact details must be listed on the summons (this is the same if the Plaintiff is representing him/herself).
- The Plaintiff and/ or his representative must be within 15km of the court out of which they are suing out of.
- The Summons must be signed by the Plaintiff/ his attorney as well as the clerk of the court who will allocate a stamp that must bear the address and name of the court and the date which the case number was allocated to the summons.
- The Summons must include a Notice of Intention to Defend and a Consent to Judgment (unless it is a divorce than a consent to judgment is not needed).
- The Jurisdiction of the court must be mentioned and explained in the summons as to why the court has the rights to hear this matter.
- There must be a proper statement of facts and a proper relief sought within the summons including the prayer of interest.
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