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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SUMMAR, adj. Also †summer-. Sc. Law: summary, of proceedings gen. in minor cases in which written pleadings are dispensed with and formalities are reduced. Now in form Summary, q.v. Adv. summarly, in a summary manner, without the formalities of the common law.Rxb. 1702 Stitchill Ct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 148:
Act empowering the Barron Bailie to use Summar poynding.
Sc. 1710 Nairne Peerage Evid. (1874) 45:
To the effect the said Mr. Robert Nairn may be the more summerly infeft in the said annual rent.
Lnk. 1716 Minutes J.P.s (S.H.S.) 172:
Summarly without any tedious or long process of law.
Sc. 1721 R. Wodrow Sufferings i. v. s.1.:
Their Procedure was abundantly summar. When a Pannel came before them, they used not the Formalities of a Libel, or Witnesses.
Sc. 1730 Records Conv. Burghs (1885) 506:
To prevent any stop to the payment of cess by suspension or summar complaints.
Sc. 1746 S.C. Misc. I. (1841) 387:
Some moved summar excommunication; in my opinion, a proper censure.
Ayr. 1761 Ayr. Arch. and Nat. Hist. Soc. V. 87:
Recovered summarly by poinding or other ways without warrand or other authority. . . . A summar warrand from the baron baillie of the bounds.

Comb. summar-roll, a roll of cases going before the Inner House of the Court of Session which are of a nature requiring speedy disposal, as reclaiming notes, bankruptcy appeals, petitions, complaints, etc.Sc. 1823 Edb. Liter. Gaz. (8 Nov.):
The Summar-roll, which chiefly consists of Petitions and Complaints from the freeholders of Counties.
Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet i.:
An hour good till they get through the single bills and the summar-roll.
Sc. 1838 W. Bell Dict. Law Scot. 498:
The Summar roll, (which is the roll for summary cases).
Sc. 1868 Acts 31 and 32 Vict. c.100 § 63:
The Court . . . shall hear parties in the Summar Roll.
Sc. 1928 Encycl. Laws Scot. V. 15:
All incidental matters considered too weighty for discussing in Single Bills go to the Summar Roll.

[O.Sc. summar, summary, compendious, 1535, Fr. sommaire, id., the spelling being later adapted to summary, Late Lat. summarius, in sum, brief.]

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