CHANGES TO STATEMENT OF TRUTH ON PRECEDENT H: NOT APRIL THE FIRST – THE MOJ GOT THE DATE WRONG

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There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the new statement of truth on the Form H.  The situation has not been helped by the fact that the MOJ gave the wrong date for implementation of the change. The date is not the 1st April 2014 but the 22nd April 2014.

See the link here 

The error is stated in the MOJ wbestiate.

“Error – 69th Update coming into force April 2014

Please note that the amendments to PD3E (substitution of Precedent H) and PD22 Statement of Truth come into force on 22 April 2014 and not 6 April as stated.”

Copies of the amended forms are available on the link and also available below.

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WHAT ABOUT EXISTING FORMS?

Immediately I posted this blog a solicitor e-mailed and asked:

“Does this mean that all old style precedent h statement of truth (correct at the mo and with the correct statement of truth) has to be updated on 22/4? For example where precedent h was filed at allocation but still waiting for a date for allocation / budgeting hearing?”
The blunt answer is that I don’t know and cannot, at the moment, see any clue or guidance in the Practice Direction amendments which are available here .  I think it may be worthwhile asking the MOJ to clarify the position well before anyone falls foul of any transitional provisions.