Notice Pleading

Definition - What does Notice Pleading mean?

A notice pleading refers to a specific type of pleading that was adopted by the United States under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of 1939. The purpose of the notice pleading is to notify the party being sued of the basic issues in the suit being filed against them.

Justipedia explains Notice Pleading

Notice pleading came about because of a desire to get rid of the strict rules of the pleading code. Under the old code, a plaintiff was required to fully plead each cause of action as well as provide facts that supported all of the elements for the causes of action. The failure to provide such thorough detail would regularly result in the case being dismissed by a judge. For many years, lawyers complained that it was too difficult to establish the facts so early in a case; eventually, notice pleading was established.

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