Statements of truth
Statements of truth

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

  • Statements of truth
  • Documents that must be verified by a statement of truth
  • Form of statement of truth
  • Who may sign the statement of truth?
  • Solicitors signing the statement of truth
  • CE-File electronic working
  • Using an electronic signature
  • Failure to sign a statement of truth
  • False statements of truth—contempt and committal
  • Court specific guidance

STOP PRESS: Note that amendments to CPR PD 22 regarding statements of truth will come into force on 6 April 2020. The changes address the issue of cases where a witness statement is presented in English but where, notwithstanding signature of the statement, the witness cannot speak English and the statement is not necessarily ‘in their own words’. CPR PD 22 will also require a statement of truth to be dated with the date that it is signed and the required wording of the statement of truth will be amended to include a warning that proceedings for contempt of court may be brought against those who give a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth. For more information, see News Analysis: 113th practice direction update—31 March and 6 April 2020—Changes in force 6 April 2020. This content will be updated in light of these changes in time for the 6 April 2020 in force date.

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.

Documents that must be verified by a statement of truth

A statement of truth must be included in a number of different documents.