1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Form of oath immaterial

   4   Perjury

   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

   15   Corroboration

   16   Proof of certain proceedings on which perjury is assigned

   17   Savings



[Date of Commencement: 15th June, 1942]

Cap 289.

6 of 1990,
19 of 2000.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Perjury Act

2   Interpretation

   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.

3   Form of oath immaterial

   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.

4   Perjury

   (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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