Statute of Jeofails – a law permitting a litigant to correct or amend an error in a pleading without risking dismissal of the claim

[fr. French j’ay faillé “I have made an error”]

(16c) Archaic.

1. A pleading error or oversight that results in a misjoined issue and requires a repleader.

2. The acknowledgement of such an error. — also spelled jeofaile. [1]

1. A mistake or error in a pleading. [2]

statute of jeofails:

1. A law permitting a litigant to acknowledge an error in a pleading and correct or amend the pleading without risking dismissal of the claim. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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