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Actual notice is the actual awareness or direct notification of a specific fact or proceeding to a person. An actual notice conveys facts to a person with the intention of explaining to that person a proceeding in which his/ her interests are involved. Notice can also be given to inform a person of some fact that s/he has a right to know and which the informer has a legal duty to communicate.
In civil law, actual notice is delivered to the defendant to give a legally sufficient assurance that actual knowledge of the matter has been conveyed to the recipient. Most common method of delivering actual notice is by personal notice. A notice given personally is called express actual notice or express notice. Person receiving a notice is required to personally acknowledge the same.