summary eviction – a prompt, juryless trial (for an eviction) using a simplified legal procedure

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summary proceeding – A proceeding in which a case is disposed of or a trial is conducted in a prompt and simple manner without a jury and without many of the ordinary requirements (such as complaint, summons, indictment, or information).  EXAMPLES: a contempt proceeding; rial before a magistrate or a justice of the peace; trial in a  small claims court. 

possessory action – An action brought to recover the possession of property, whether real property or personal property (EXAMPLES: eviction; replevin). [1]

summary possessory proceeding – A proceeding, summary in character, to which  a landlord may resort for the recovery or possession of leased premises when he becomes entitled to possession. 32 Am J2st L & T § 1016. [2]

summary eviction (1907) An eviction accomplished through a simplified legal procedure, without the formalities of a full trial. [3]


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[1]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4


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