HOW TO SERVE LEGAL PAPERS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Rule 4. Summons 

(a) CONTENTS; AMENDMENTS. (1) Contents. A summons must: 

(A) name the court and the parties;

(B) be directed to the defendant;

(C) state the name and address of the plaintiff’s attorney or—if unrepresented—of the plaintiff;

(D) state the time within which the defendant must appear and defend;

(E) notify the defendant that a failure to appear and defend will result in a default judgment against the defendant for the relief demanded in the complaint; (F) be signed by the clerk; and

(G) bear the court’s seal. 

(2) Amendments. The court may permit a summons to be amended. 

(3) Service Outside the District of Columbia; Process Service in Suit Seeking Seizure of Property in the District of Columbia. A summons, or notice, or order in lieu of summons should correspond as nearly as possible to the requirements of a statute or rule whenever service is made pursuant to a statute or rule that provides for: