ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
3 Form of oath immaterial
5 False statements on oath made otherwise than in a judicial proceeding
6 False statements, etc, with reference to marriage
7 False statements, etc, as to births or deaths
8 False voluntary declarations and other false statements without oath
9 False declarations, etc, to obtain registration, etc, for carrying on a vocation
10 Aiders, abettors, suborners, etc
11 Inconsistent or contradictory statements
12 Power to direct prosecution for perjury or for offences against section 11
13 Form of indictment
14 Consent of Director of Public Prosecutions
16 Proof of certain proceedings on which perjury is assigned
THE PERJURY ACT
[Date of Commencement: 15th June, 1942]
6 of 1990,
19 of 2000.
This Act may be cited as the Perjury Act
In this Act-
"oath" in the case of persons for the time being allowed by law to affirm or declare instead of swearing, includes "affirmation" and "declaration", and the expression "swear" in the like case includes "affirm" and "declare";
"voluntary declaration" means a declaration made by virtue of the Voluntary Declarations Act.
For the purposes of this Act, the forms and ceremonies used in administering an oath are immaterial, if the Court or person before whom the oath is taken has power to administer an oath for the purpose of verifying the statement in question, and if the oath has been administered in a form and with ceremonies which the person taking the oath has accepted without objection, or has declared to be binding on him.
(1) Every person who, being lawfully sworn as a witness or as an interpreter in a judicial proceeding, wilfully makes a statement material in that proceeding, which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, shall be guilty of the misdemeanour of perjury, and on conviction on indictment thereof liable to imprisonment with hard labour for any term not exceeding seven years, or to a fine, or to both such imprisonment and fine.
(2) The expression "judicial proceeding" includes a proceeding before any Court, tribunal, or person having by law power to hear, receive, and examine evidence on oath.
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