Legal process

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For the American law movement, see Legal process (jurisprudence).

Legal process (or sometimes "process"), are the proceedings in any civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution and, particularly, describes the formal notice or writ used by a court to exercise jurisdiction over a person or property.[1] Such process is usually "served" upon a party, to compel that party to come to court, and may take the form of a summons, mandate, subpoena, warrant, or other written demand issued by a court.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walker, David (1980). Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford University Press. p. 1003. ISBN 0-19-866110-X. 
  2. ^ Black, Henry C. (1990). Black's Law Dictionary. St. Paul, Mn.: West Publishing. p. 1205. ISBN 0-314-76271-X. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hartzler, H. Richard (1976). Justice, Legal Systems, and Social Structure. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press.
  • Kempin, Jr., Frederick G. (1963). Legal History: Law and Social Change. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Murphy, Cornelius F. (1977). Introduction to Law, Legal Process, and Procedure. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing.
  • Schwartz, Bernard (1974). The Law in America. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co.