Definition of writ of summons in English:

writ of summons

noun

Law
  • (in England and Wales) a writ by which an action is started in the High Court.

    • ‘Turning to the first issue of pleadings, we of course began with a writ of summons and statement of claim.’
    • ‘Did the plaintiffs or either of them have standing to seek the relief sought in the statement of claim and the further amended writ of summons?’
    • ‘In the event that the defendant has his residence or seat abroad, a copy of the action must be served on him containing a writ of summons for the defendant to appear before the Court, where the case is pending.’
    • ‘On 27 July 2005 they filed a writ of summons in the original jurisdiction of the Court under sections 75 and 76 of the Constitution against three defendants.’
    • ‘The statement of claim delivered with the writ of summons in the present matter makes the same allegations as were made in the earlier proposed proceeding, but presents them in a different order.’