Monday, 19 March 2012

Emedinews:Insights on Medicolegal issues: Summons from court of law

The word ‘Summon’ is derived from ‘subpoena’ which means under penalty.

Summon is a court document/order compelling the attendance of any witness including doctor as medical witness, in a Court of law on a particular day, time and place, for the purpose of giving evidence. It may also require him to bring with him the medicolegal report/clinical sheets/register, any medical books, medical documents etc, that he is bound by law to produce in evidence. The summon is issued under Section 61 of Criminal Procedure Code by the Court in writing, in duplicate, signed by the presiding officer of the Court and bears the seal of the Court. It is served on the witness by a police officer, by an officer of the Court or other public servant. The person should sign a receipt on the back of the other copy. It can also be served by registered post, or fixed on some conspicuous part of his residence.

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