Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Pleader Definition:

A now defunct paralegal office in England which allowed licensed non-lawyer individuals to draft pleadings.

Related Terms: Pleadings, Notary, Solicitor

In the delightful biography of Harry Bodkin Poland, an old English barrister with, at the time, 72 years at the English bar, the biographer collected these reminisces from the old but thoroughly respected barrister.Harry Bodkin Poland

"As for the technicalities of civil procedure, they often destroyed a man's rights. If you will refer to the Common Law Procedure Act 1852, you will see that the iniquitous system of special pleading was then in force and under that system men were liable to lose, and did lose their rights owing to mistakes made by Pleaders."

" He explained that pleaders were persons who had not been called to the bar but who had taken a licensed to practice under the bar. They prepared the formal parts of the case; settled endorsement on writs, drew statements of claims and defenses, and exercising great ingenuity in reply, rejoinder, surrejoinder, rebutter, surrebutter and other documents which were designed by the law to make clear the points of law and fact on which the action was to be fought."


  • Bowen-Rowlands, Ernest, Seventy-Two Years At The Bar (London: MacMillan and Co., Limited, 1924), at page 25.

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