1. Overview of mistake.

Mistake has long been considered to have an important impact on moral responsibility1. It is also important in relation to questions of legal responsibility. This title deals with the consequences of mistake (whether of fact or law) as a ground for relief, or the basis of a defence, between the parties to civil proceedings. The effect of misrepresentation resulting in a mistake of one or more of the parties to civil litigation is principally dealt with elsewhere in this work