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
- 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.