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What is a summons, petition, or complaint?


Learn what a summons, petition, and complaint are.


Last updated 06/22/2023

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The Summons tells you when and where to appear in court. If served with a Summons, it is important to seek immediate legal advice to understand and protect your rights.

Petition or Complaint

A Petition or Complaint will be attached to the Summons. The Petition or Complaint will state the type and nature of the lawsuit your landlord has brought against you. If you are served with a Summons you should contact an attorney immediately regarding your rights.