Public notice is an announcement made by the legislation or the government, by individuals, and by businesses. It is a legal notice that tells people about the government actions. It alerts the public of activities that can affect a business, community, or family.
By the Government
The aim of publishing them is to make the citizens aware of the government’s activities associated with law or policy-making. In some countries, the government issues public notices to ask the opinions of the citizens before implementing new laws or policies.
It is generally issued by the ones who seek liquor license approval, modification or reasoning, or minor sanctions, where they need the permits from the city council, Municipal Corporation, country commission, and local state government.
The notices advertisement gets published in a local or national newspaper and on the respective legislative’s official website. It is rarely published in periodicals and well-known magazines. Tender notices for public sector schemes and contracts get publicized to welcome bidding from independent companies or private associations.
By individuals or private institutions
Legal advisors or attorneys of an individual or a company issue public notices in case of legal or dispute proceedings. The common notices published a lot is associated with the real estate sector.
Real estate associations even publish property rates of a specific city or area. The notices get posted in the local newspaper. It allows convenience in terms of language. These ads cover title clearance, ownership claim, change in ownership, illegal property possession, etc.
Public notice is bound to a specific time, where the defender is given some time to respond. If there is no response, the case automatically falls in the hands of the plaintiff. Some financial institutions and private banks also place ads in the newspaper regarding their customer's pending loans. It even alerts the debtor about the confiscation of the collateral if they fail to pay the debt.
Some business owners publish a public notice in different magazines, newspapers, or online in response to a negative rumor or news that can tarnish or harm their brand image.
Why the newspaper and not the internet?
A newspaper is a popular source to publish notices, but you can even choose TV, radio, e-mail, etc. legal notices need to be in print as you cannot change the wordings once it is printed. Besides, the newspaper can be archived in the libraries. It allows for transparency, so the public is not in the dark about government activities. For example, a government holds secret meetings and only friends get the chance to bid without anyone else’s knowledge.
Without notice publication, you cannot place a bid on the Government agency’s project. The public notice keeps the population in the loop of an estate’s foreclosure, the company’s liquidation, or other legal transactions.
Every year the city government votes on a specific newspaper to publish their legal notices. Publishing the legal notices in the local newspaper helps you to hold the government agencies accountable. It even helps to make an educated decision.
There have been attempts made to eliminate the need for publishing public or legal notices in the gazette. The argument is based on saving taxpayer’s money. Unfortunately, the majority of taxpayers will not notice the announcement.