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Changes to the Statement of Truth

Posted on 09th April 2020 in Affordable Housing

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Senior Associate & Solicitor
Changes to the Statement of Truth

Just a quick (non coronavirus) update to say that from 6 April 2020, the statement of truth which must accompany any statement of case (sometimes called a “pleading”) or witness statement should now state:-

“[I believe][the (claimant or as may be) believes] that the facts stated in this [name document being verified] are true. I understand that proceedings for contempt of court may be brought against anyone who makes, or causes to be made, a false statement in a document verified by a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth.”

The additions are in bold.

A statement of case is a document in which a party sets out its case. A statement of case may be a:-

  • Claim Form
  • Particulars of Claim
  • Defence/Reply
  • Counterclaim
  • Request or Reply for Further Information

Clients, where preparing their own statements of case or witness statements, should be particularly aware and amend any precedent documents they use.

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