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(A) Upon the filing of a complaint charging violation of an ordinance, the Judge, unless he or she determines to issue a warrant of arrest or unless the defendant previously has been issued a citation or has been arrested and has given bond for appearance, shall issue a summons, naming the person charged, specifying his or her address or place of residence, if known, stating the offense with which he or she is charged and giving him or her notice to answer to charge in the court on a day certain, containing a provision for the official return of the summons, and including other pertinent information as may be necessary.
(B) (1) The summons may be served in the same manner as provided for service of civil process by the State Pleading Code.
(2) If the defendant fails to appear and to answer the summons within the prescribed period after service, a warrant shall be issued for his or her arrest, as provided by this chapter.
(Prior Code, § 7-113) (Ord. 1461, passed 6-19-90)