The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note is a useful guide when considering whether you can amend a claim form, amend a defence or amend a different form of statement off case. The Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. A number of courts have set out guidance in their court guides and these should also be considered. This is referenced below, see: Court specific guidance.
This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes: Late amendments to statements of case—the court's approach and Late amendments to statements of case—key decisions.
The statements of case are defined in CPR 2.3(1) as being:
the claim form
the particulars of claim
any Part 20 claim
any reply to defence
any further information given voluntarily or by court order under CPR 18.1
The CPR provides that a party can amend its statement of case:
at any time before it has been served on any other party (CPR 17.1(1))
after it has been served:
with the written consent of all the parties (CPR 17.1(2)(a)), or
with the permission of the court (CPR 17.1(2)(b))
The CPR does not address whether a party can amend its case
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