WRITS OF SUMMONS:
—(1) Before a writ is issued, it must be endorsed —
with a statement of claim or, if the statement of claim is not endorsed on the writ, with a concise statement of the nature of the claim made or the relief or remedy required in the action begun thereby;
where the claim made by the plaintiff is for a debt or liquidated demand only, with a statement of the amount claimed in respect of the debt or demand and for costs and also with a statement that further proceedings will be stayed if, within the time limited for appearing, the defendant pays the amount so claimed to the plaintiff or his solicitor;
where the plaintiff sues in a representative capacity, with a statement of the capacity in which he sues;
where a defendant is sued in a representative capacity, with a statement of the capacity in which he is sued;
where the plaintiff sues by a solicitor, with the plaintiff’s address and the solicitor’s name or firm and a business address of his within the jurisdiction;
where the plaintiff sues in person —
with the address of his place of residence and, if his place of residence is not within the jurisdiction or if he has no place of residence, the address of a place within the jurisdiction at or to which documents for him may be delivered or sent; and
with his occupation; and
with the number of days within which an appearance is required to be entered under Order 12, Rule 4.
(2) The address for service of a plaintiff shall be —
where he sues by a solicitor, the business address of the solicitor endorsed on the writ; and
where he sues in person, the address within the jurisdiction endorsed on the writ.
—(1) A plaintiff or his solicitor must, on presenting a writ for sealing, leave with the Registrar the original and a copy together with as many copies thereof as there are defendants to be served.
(2) The Registrar shall assign a serial number to the writ and shall sign, seal and date the writ whereupon the writ shall be deemed to be issued.
(3) The original writ must be filed in the Registryand an entry thereof made in the cause book.
—(1) Subject to the other provisions of these Rules, for the purposes of service, a writ is valid in the first instance —
where leave to serve the writ out of the jurisdiction is required under Order 11, for 12 months; and
in any other case, for 6 months,
beginning with the date of its issue.
(2) Subject to paragraph (2A), where a writ has not been served on a defendant, the Court may by order extend the validity of the writ from time to time for such period, not exceeding 6 months at any one time, beginning with the day next following that on which it would otherwise expire, as may be specified in the order, if an application for extension is made to the Court before that day or such later day (if any), as the Court may allow.
(2A) Where the Court is satisfied on an application under paragraph (2) that, despite the making of reasonable efforts, it may not be possible to serve a writ within 6 months, the Court may, if it thinks fit, extend the validity of the writ for such period, not exceeding 12 months at any one time, as the Court may specify.
(3) Before a writ, the validity of which has been extended under this Rule, is served, it must be marked with an official stamp in Form 3 showing the period from which the validity of the writ has been so extended.
(4) A note of the renewal must be entered in the cause book.