The purpose of a notice-of-hearing form is to inform an individual that the government is pursuing an action against him, according to WiseGeek. The form is used when the government seeks redress from individuals, mostly at the local level, for administrative hearings, bankruptcy and removal proceedings.
WiseGeek states that a notice of hearing differs from a notice of trial, because a notice of trial is used between two individuals who are suing each other. Notice-of-hearing forms and the process for submitting the forms at the local level are specific to the jurisdiction.
The U.S. Courts government website provides downloadable notice-of-hearing forms that can be submitted at the federal level.