59. In any proceeding or prosecution before any justice of the peace under this act, the justice may summon the person complained against to appear at a time and place to be named in the summons, and if he do not appear accordingly, then, upon proof of the due service of the summons upon such person, either personally or by leaving a copy thereof at his usual place of abode or with any adult person belonging to the raft to which such person is attached, the justice may either proceed to hear and determine the case by default or may issue his warrant for apprehending and bringing such person before himself or some other justice of the peace, or the justice may, without previous summons, issue such warrant, and the justice before whom such person appears or is brought shall proceed to hear and determine the case.
R. S. 1964, c. 96, s. 59; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 80, a. 1.