Statement of Defence Law and Legal Definition

Statement of defence refers to a defendant's written answer or reply to a statement of claim, admitting or denying each and every one of the facts contained in the statement of claim and alleging such facts as the defendant wishes to assert at trial in opposition to the plaintiff's case. Usually, a statement of defence is lodged when the case is defended. Where the defendant has an independent cause of action against the plaintiff, it is not normally raised in the statement of defence but in a separate or attached document called a counterclaim.