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summon (one) before (someone)
To demand, instruct, or request that one come to or appear in front of someone. Often used in passive constructions. The leaders of congress were summoned before the president to explain the status of the tax overhaul. The king summoned the traitor before him to pass judgment.
summon someone before someone or something
to request or order someone to appear before someone or a group. The president summoned the committee before her. The judge summoned Donna before the court.