Q. I was served with a summons and complaint and do not know what to do.


Always read the first page of the summons which tells you what your next step is and how to respond within the appropriate time frame. The CourtHelp page provides explanation and the attached bibliography lists Public Access Law Library resources.

CourtHelp Definitions:

summons:  A notice to a person that he or she is being sued.  It lets him or her know where and when the answer must be filed.  It also lets the person know that if he or she does not answer by the deadline a default judgment may be entered against him or her.

complaint:  A  written statement that starts a case.  It says what the plaintiff says the defendant did and it asks the court for relief (help).  Also called the initial pleading or petition.


  • Last Updated Dec 16, 2019
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