1. Reference to a source that supports a statement or is otherwise related to it. In legal documents, the source may be a primary legal authority (such as a case or a statute) or a secondary legal authority (such as a treatise or dictionary).
2. Order from a court or the police commanding one's appearance at a certain time and place. To avoid appearing, one may attempt to show cause for lack of compliance with the order, or sometimes enter a plea and accept judgment by mail (as with a minor traffic violation).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A police-issued order to appear in court to defend against a charge. Failure to appear can result in a warrant for the citee's arrest, but often a person may consent to the penalty in writing and forgo an appearance in court. 2) A court-issued writ that commands a person to appear in court to do something demanded in the writ or to show cause for not doing so. 3) A reference to a legal authority, such as a case or statute.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:12 pm