::Summons Law and Procedure in Pakistan

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Summons According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “summons used to notify the defendant, that an action has been instituted against him, and that he is required to answer to it, at a time and place named”. Form of Summons Section 68 (1) of Criminal Procedure Code tells about the form of Summons; Every summons issued by the court shall be;

  • In writing
  • Induplicate
  • Signed and sealed by the presiding officer of court or other person directed by High Court.

Summon by who served Section 68 (2) says that, such summons shall be served by;

Summon How Served Section 69 (1) of Cr.P.C. tell us about the method and procedure of serving summons

  • Served personally on the person summoned by delivering or tendering to him one of the duplicate of summons, if practicable, such person shall sign a receipt on the back of other duplicate summons.
  • Service of an incorporated company or other body corporate
  • Service on govt. employee, or a servant of state
  • Substituted service or service when person summoned cannot be found
  • In such case summons must be served to adult male member of his family with his sign on duplicate

Procedure when service cannot be affected

  • The serving officer shall affix one of the duplicates of summons to some conspicuous part of the house of homestead of person where he ordinary resides.
  • Service of summons outside the local limits; in such case summons send to the concerned magistrate

Arrest without Warrant Section 54 of Criminal Procedure Code deal with procedure about “arrest without warrant”. Arrest may be affected with or without warrant. Schedule 2, column 2 of Cr.P.C. specifies the cases in which arrest may be made without warrant. Any police officer may without an order of magistrate and without warrant arrest in following nine cases;

  1. Person concerned in any cognizable offence or against whom a reasonable complaint, credible information or reasonable suspicion for cognizable offence.
  2. Person in possession of implement of house-breaking
  3. Proclaimed offender
  4. Person in possession of stolen property
  5. Person obstructing police officer
  6. Deserter from armed forces
  7. Person apprehended under extradition law/concerned in offence committed outside Pakistan
  8. Released convict committing break of any rule under section 565 (3) of Cr.P.C.
  9. Person for whose arrest a requisition has received from another police officer

Arrest by Officer in charge of Police Station under section 55 of Cr.P.C An officer in charge of police station may in like manner arrest or cause to be arrested;

  • Person trying to conceal himself
  • Person who ahs ostensible means of subsistence
  • Habitual offender, habitual robber, house breaker, thief or who commits extortion

Arrest by private person under section 59 Cr.P.C

  • Any private person may arrest any person who;
  • Committed non-bailable offence
  • Proclaimed offender



2 comments on “::Summons Law and Procedure in Pakistan

  1. If a person doesnt responds to the Summon of Family Court for the Tanseeekh E Nikah filed by the Lady under his Nikah.
    Kindly enlighten me for the scenarios in case a person doesnt responds to it.


    • then the matter will be proceeded ex-patree against the respondent and the court will dissolve the marriage


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