Plain Guide to Litigation: Written pleadings


Written pleadings

1. General

This part is intended to deal with various questions about the way the written statement setting out your case should be completed. It may be enough to remember that you should always try to put your side of the case clearly. The rest tends to follow. But it is worth looking in more detail at what is involved. It is helpful to keep in mind the idea of pleadings being a joint effort by both sides to identify, as precisely as possible, what it is that the court has to decide.

Court staff can give a good deal of advice. But they cannot act as your lawyer. They cannot become involved as advisors on the merits: that is, they cannot tell you whether you have a good case or a bad one. They cannot tell you what to do to help win your case. They will not be able to assist with the detail of pleadings.

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