Amending judgments
Amending judgments

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

  • Amending judgments
  • Handing down of judgments
  • The court’s jurisdiction to amend judgments
  • Supplemental judgments
  • Adducing fresh evidence after a draft judgment has been distributed
  • Timing of reviewing judgments
  • Material amendments by the judge
  • Examples of amendments allowed
  • Examples of amendments not allowed
  • Correcting accidental slips or omissions—the slip rule

Amending judgments

Handing down of judgments

Judgments are handed down following the end of a trial. They may be handed down straight after the hearing or trial orally, known as an ex tempore judgment (and ex tempore judgments may also be written up as judgment transcripts), or some time after trial as a written judgment, known as a reserved judgment. For more information on reserved judgments, see Practice Note: Reserved judgments.

The judgment will contain the judge’s reasoning and decision. In some cases, judgments may also contain consequential orders such as an order as to costs or directions as to how costs should be dealt with.

There is however no obligation on the court to circulate a draft judgment and it is common not to circulate a draft if there is reason to hand down the judgment speedily (Ameyaw v McGoldrick). In Ameyaw, the claimant had pressed for an immediate written judgment and, as the claimant was acting in person, there were no legal representatives to whom a draft could have been circulated. In the circumstances, the judge did not circulate a draft to either party and stated that the claimant therefore had no ground for complaint about the lack of a draft judgment.

For information on when a judgment or order takes effect, see Practice Note: Judgments and orders—service, compliance, interpretation.

The court’s jurisdiction to amend judgments

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