equitable remedies

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Means granted by equity to redress a wrong. Since the range of legal remedies was originally very limited, equity showed great flexibility in granting remedies, which were discretionary: the conduct of the parties, particularly that of the claimant, was taken into account (see clean hands). The main equitable remedies are now specific performance, rescission, cancellation, rectification, account, injunction, and the appointment of a receiver. These remedies may be sought in any division of the High Court or, in some instances, in the county courts; they are still discretionary in nature, although the discretion is often exercised on established lines.

Subjects: Law.

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