Amending a statement of case
Amending a statement of case

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Amending a statement of case
  • What are statements of case?
  • When can a statement of case be amended?
  • How to show amendments to a statement of case
  • Court's permission to amend not required
  • Court's permission to amend is required—application
  • Re-verification by statement of truth
  • Basis on which permission will be granted or refused
  • Amendments allowed by the court
  • Amendments disallowed by the court
  • more

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.

What are statements of case?

The statements of case are defined in CPR 2.3(1) as being:

  1. the claim form

  2. the particulars of claim

  3. the defence

  4. any Part 20 claim

  5. any reply to defence

  6. any further information given voluntarily or by court order under CPR 18.1

When can a statement of case be amended?

The CPR provides that a party can amend its statement of case:

  1. at any time before it has been served on any other party (CPR 17.1(1))

  2. after it has been served:

    1. with the written consent of all the parties (CPR 17.1(2)(a)), or

    2. with the permission of the court (CPR 17.1(2)(b))

Amending after the judgment has been handed down

The CPR does not address whether a party can amend its case