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CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE - CCP


PART 2. OF CIVIL ACTIONS [307 - 1062.20] ( Part 2 enacted 1872. )
TITLE 5. JURISDICTION AND SERVICE OF PROCESS [410.10 - 418.11] ( Title 5 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1610. )
CHAPTER 3. Summons [412.10 - 412.30] ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1610. )
412.20. (a) Except as otherwise required by statute, a summons shall be directed to the defendant, signed by
clerk and issued under the seal of the court in which the action is pending, and it shall contain:
(1) The title of the court in which the action is pending.
(2) The names of the parties to the action.

(3) A direction that the defendant file with the court a written pleading in response to the complaint within 30 d
after summons is served on him or her.

(4) A notice that, unless the defendant so responds, his or her default will be entered upon application by the
plaintiff, and the plaintiff may apply to the court for the relief demanded in the complaint, which could result in
garnishment of wages, taking of money or property, or other relief.

(5) The following statement in boldface type: You may seek the advice of an attorney in any matter connecte
with the complaint or this summons. Such attorney should be consulted promptly so that your pleading may be
filed or entered within the time required by this summons.
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(6) The following introductory legend at the top of the summons above all other matter, in boldface type, in
English and Spanish:

Notice! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond
within 30 days. Read information below.

(b) Each county may, by ordinance, require that the legend contained in paragraph (6) of subdivision (a) be se
forth in every summons issued out of the courts of that county in any additional foreign language, if the legend
the additional foreign language is set forth in the summons in the same manner as required in that paragraph.
(c) A summons in a form approved by the Judicial Council is deemed to comply with this section.
(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1105, Sec. 6.)

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