Statements of truth

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

  • Statements of truth
  • Documents that must be verified by a statement of truth
  • Amended statements of case
  • Pleading inconsistent factual alternatives
  • Form of statement of truth
  • Who may sign the statement of truth?
  • Solicitors signing the statement of truth
  • Group litigation
  • CE-File electronic working
  • Using an electronic signature
  • More...

Statements of truth

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. The deponent is required to verify that they believe that the facts stated in the document are true (CPR 22.1(4)).

CPR 22.1 and CPR PD 22, paras 1.1–1.4 provide that the following documents must be verified by a statement of truth:

  1. a statement of case, including a claim form (a claim form is defined in CPR 2.3 as being a 'statement of case')

  2. an amended statement of case unless the court orders otherwise (CPR 22.1(2))

  3. a response to request for further information under CPR 18

  4. an acknowledgment of service in a claim begun by way of the Part 8 procedure

  5. a witness statement

  6. a certificate stating the reasons for bringing a possession claim or landlord and tenant claim in the High Court in accordance with CPR 55.3(2) and CPR 56.2(2)

  7. a certificate of service

  8. a contempt application under CPR 81

  9. an application notice where the applicant relies on the matters set out in the application notice as evidence

  10. an application notice for:

    1. a

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