THE STATEMENT OF TRUTH: WHY YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS NEED REGULAR REMINDERS OF THE RULES & CASES
In Recovery Partners GP Ltd & Anor v Rukhadze & Ors  EWHC 2918 (Comm) Mrs Justice Cockerill made some important observations that apply to every aspect of litigation. We looked at the case yesterday: a stark reminder was provided of the dangers of complacency when dealing with the statement of truth. The defendants’s approach in that case was of concern to the judge because “it indicates that a sense of the very real importance of statements of truth may have been lost in the years which have passed since they were introduced”.
This gives rise to an opportunity (perhaps a need) to reiterate points that have been made before on this blog in relation to the statement of truth. The judge went on to state “that this situation had been allowed to come about indicates that a clear reminder as to the importance of Statements of Truth and a careful observance of the requirements pertaining to them may not go amiss.” This is worth repeating. I would not be surprised, one day soon, to be writing about a lawyer in serious trouble when a client complains that they had not had the significance of the statement of truth explained to them.