Notice of Petition Law and Legal Definition

A petitioner's written notice delivered to the respondents which states when the court will hear the attached petition is a notice of petition. A notice of petition supplements the petition and provides the respondent with basic information on the attached petition. A notice of petition is a formal notice that lets a respondent know that legal process against the person is started. After receiving a notice of petition the respondent can expect a summons from the court. The notice of petition provides respondent a time to prepare for the future legal proceedings. The notice of petition can be delivered through mail or by hand.

For example, a state statute (California) on notice of petition to appoint a guardian states that notice of the petition to appoint a guardian should be provided to people who are parties to other proceedings concerning appointment of a guardian for the minor.