Hilary Rules Law and Legal Definition

Hilary rules refer to a collection of English pleading rules. Hilary rules were framed to ease strict pleading requirements. Hilary rules require a defendant to set up affirmatively all claims against him/her rather than deny breach of duty or commission of wrongful act. Hilary rules are not presently in force in the U.S.[Alliance Trust Co. v. Nettleton Hardwood Co., 74 Miss. 584 (Miss. 1896)]