What is Caveat Petition?

A caveat petition is filed in the court as a prudent measure which is initiated by people usually when they are having a very strong belief that some case is going to affect their interest in any manner. A Caveat is a notice provided to the court by a person asking the court not to take any step or grant relief to the other side without giving notice to the caveator and without providing the opportunity of hearing him. Caveat means an admonition, caution, or warning. In law, it may be recognized as a notice, especially in probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice.

It is recommended to get legal advice from a litigation lawyer for matters concerning to Caveat petition.


Any individual who claims to hold the right of appearing before the court can file a caveat petition in these situations:

  • If it is expected to make or already made an application.
  • In a proceeding or lawsuit which is already or going to be instituted

The individual will be informed, once the caveat petition has been accepted by the court if any case was filed as expected by him.

The court will serve a notice of the application on the caveator.

Caveator needs to serve the notice of caveat by an acknowledgement due and registered post either on the person who has made the application or is expected to make an application.

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