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Can a trade union representative (not a solicitor) sign the statement of truth on a County Court Money Claim N1 Form in the place of claimant's legal representative?

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Produced in partnership with Jonathan Edwards of Radcliffe Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 18/05/2017

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A Produced in partnership with Jonathan Edwards of Radcliffe Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a trade union representative (not a solicitor) sign the statement of truth on a County Court Money Claim N1 Form in the place of claimant's legal representative?
  • The provisions of the CPR
  • The Legal Services Act 2007 and independent trade unions
  • The Legal Services Act 2007 and trade union representatives

The provisions of the CPR

Part 22 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (CPR 1998) (CPR 22) requires that certain documents in legal proceedings be verified by a statement of truth. These include all statements of case, which includes an N1 Claim Form in the County Court Money Claims Centre. Non-compliance does not mean the statement of case is a nullity, but can in principle result in it being struck out (CPR 22.2(2)). A less draconian approach is that the court has a power to order a person to verify a document to do so (CPR 22.4). See Practice Note: Statements of truth which provides guidance on statements of truth under CPR 22. It explains which documents must be verified by a statement of truth (including setting out their standard form of wording), who can sign the statement (including solicitors and the position in group litigation) and the consequences of either failing to sign or providing a false statement of truth (including applications to the Attorney General for contempt of court).

CPR PD 22, para 3 sets out who may sign a statement of truth. For statements of case, the statement of truth must be signed by the party (or the party’s litigation friend

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