Amending a statement of case—introduction
Amending a statement of case—introduction

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

  • Amending a statement of case—introduction
  • What are statements of case?
  • Why would I need to amend a statement of case?
  • Amendments and costs

This Practice Note is a introduction to amendments to statements of case (pleadings). It should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes: Amending a statement of case—permission to amend, Amending a statement of case—logistics of effecting an amendment and Amending a statement of case—illustrative decisions.

As a general introduction to amendments it is of relevance to all applications to amend.

For specific guidance on ‘late’ amendments, see Practice Notes: Late amendments to statements of case—the court's approach and Late amendments to statements of case—illustrative decisions

For specific guidance on amendments where there is a limitation issue, see Practice Note: Limitation—amendments to statements of case and counterclaims.

What are statements of case?

Statements of case are defined in CPR 2.3(1) as:

  1. the claim form

  2. the particulars of claim

  3. the defence

  4. any Part 20 claim