Amending a statement of case—logistics of effecting an amendment
Amending a statement of case—logistics of effecting an amendment

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

  • Amending a statement of case—logistics of effecting an amendment
  • How to show amendments
  • Re-verification by statement of truth
  • Endorsement of the statement of case
  • Amending the claim form
  • Service of the amended statement of case
  • Court specific guidance

This Practice Note explains how practitioners should go about effecting amendments to statements of case (pleadings). It should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes: Amending a statement of case—introduction and Amending a statement of case—permission to amend.

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

How to show amendments

The usual rule is that an amended statement of case does not need to show the original text (CPR PD 17, para 2.2). However, where it considers it desirable to do so, the court may order both the amendments and the original text to be shown, in which case the amendments should be shown either (CPR PD 17, para 2.2):

  1. in colour with the order of colours for each successive set of amendments as follows (CPR PD 17, para 2.4):

    1. red

    2. green

    3. violet

    4. yellow, or

  2. by use of a numerical code in a monochrome computer generated document (CPR PD 17, para 2.2(2)

Where colour is used, the text to be deleted should be struck through in colour and any text replacing it should be inserted or underlined in the same colour (CPR PD 17, para 2.3).

Practical tip: where amendments have been