General Notice / Reply

General Notice / Reply

A legal notice is a formal communication to a person or entity informing them that you intend to undertake legal proceedings against him/her. It is a step taken before filing a suit, and is meant to warn the other party that legal action may be taken against him/her, if they fail to comply with some specified condition. The party being served with the lawsuit / notice is called the respondent or defendant. A legal notice may be responded to only if it has merit and needs to be replied to. Legal notices are a vital principle of the courts in providing fairness and due process, by giving all the parties affected (by the lawsuit or legal proceeding) a notice of the legal procedure. No party can operate in secret and all court actions must be apparent to all the parties to the case. A legal notice is filed as per Section 80 of Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 and is only filed in civil cases.

A legal notice is intimation and thus carries the following information:

1) Precise statement and facts relating to the grievance for which the action is to be taken.

2) Alternatives/relief sought by the grieving party.

3) How are the relief/problem in hand be solved, a summary of facts and the way it can be solved.