Short Form Pleading Law and Legal Definition

Short form pleading is a form of pleading authorized by statute or rule of practice in stating a cause of action upon a promissory note, bill of exchange, or other instrument for the unconditional payment of money only.

The following is an example of a case law referring to short form pleading:

Although short form pleading is permissible in an action on an account, the admissibility of evidence in an action on an account is determined by the ordinary rules of evidence. The statutes and the civil rules permitting short form pleading do not prescribe the method or manner in which a case may be proved. [American Sec. Service, Inc. v. Baumann, 32 Ohio App. 2d 237 (Ohio Ct. App., Franklin County 1972)].