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The DC Code: § 16-502 Service of notice; publication.

Index16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters. (Refs & Annos)

In the United States District Court (Superior Court of the District of Columbia) for the District of Columbia.

A B, plaintiff,

versus               Civil Action No. __________.

C D, defendant,

The object of this suit is to recover (here state it briefly) and to have judgment of condemnation of certain property of the defendant levied on under an attachment issued in this suit to satisfy the plaintiff's claim.

It is, therefore, this ___ day of ___, ordered that the defendant appear in this court or before the fortieth day, exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays, after the day of the first publication of this order, to defend this suit and show cause why the condemnation should not be had; otherwise the suit will be proceeded with as in case of default.

By the court:                                  _______ _______, Judge.

A writ issued pursuant to section 16-501 shall require the marshal to serve a notice on the defendant, if he is found in the District, and on any person in whose possession any property or credits of the defendant may be attached, to appear in the court on or before the twentieth day, exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays after service of the notice, and show cause, if any there be, why the property so attached should not be condemned and execution thereof had. The marshal's return shall show the fact of the service.
If the defendant is returned "Not to be found," the notice shall be given by publication to the following effect, namely:
The order shall be published at least once a week for three successive weeks or oftener, or for such further time and in such manner as the court orders.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 16-502. 1973 Ed., § 16-502. DC CODE § 16-502 Current through December 11, 2012


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 544, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 555, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(b)(1).)