pleading in the alternative

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In civil proceedings, the practice of including in a statement of case two or more inconsistent allegations and inviting the court to grant relief in respect of whichever allegation it finds to be well-founded. Under the Civil Procedure Rules a party may be entitled to set out alternative claims or separate defences in a statement of case, but this is subject to the requirement in Part 22 of the Rules that statements of case must be verified by a statement of truth.

Subjects: Law.

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