Legal process

proceedings in any civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution

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

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  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. pp. 1205. ISBN 0-314-76271-X.