The U.S.D.C. Summons, issued by the Federal Court is a sacred document that represents the beginning of a lawsuit. The U.S.D.C. Summons, usually accompanied by a Complaint, is an official document that must be properly “served” upon the defendant(s). An A.C.E., Authorized Process Server will deliver and serve the U.S.D.C. Summons upon any individual defendant or entity defendant.

A U.S.D.C. Summons Form must have:

  • (a) Contents; Amendments.
  • (1) Contents. A summons must:
  • (A) name the court and the parties;
  • (B) be directed to the defendant;
  • (C) state the name and address of the plaintiff's attorney or—if unrepresented—of the plaintiff;
  • (D) state the time within which the defendant must appear and defend;
  • (E) notify the defendant that a failure to appear and defend will result in a default judgment against the defendant for the relief demanded in the complaint;
  • (F) be signed by the clerk; and
  • (G) bear the court's seal.

The Issuance of the U.S.D.C. Summons is an essential first step in the process on commencing your lawsuit. When you send your summons and accompanying documents we expect to see the clerks seal, the case style, and of course the name and address of the defendant.