Notice pleading refers to a system of pleading requirements that only emphasizes pleadings as a way to notify parties of general issues in a case. This allows parties drafting pleadings to state their claims in general terms without alleging detailed facts to support each claim and without worrying about hypertechnical details. See Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, particularly Rules 7-10.
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, adopted in 1938, uses a notice pleading system. Previously, the federal courts used a much stricter pleading standard called fact pleading. Since the Federal Rules were adopted in 1938, many other American jurisdictions have adopted similar systems.