More than a slap on the wrist


Those who make false or misleading statements in civil court cases have always run the risk of private proceedings for contempt of court. In practice, however, the threat has often appeared more

illusory than real. Two recent legal decisions, however, present something of a shift in attitude and serve as a stark reminder to lawyers and clients alike of the importance of ensuring that statements of case and witness statements filed in court proceedings contain ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’.

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