What is an affidavit?

An affidavit:

  • is a written statement where the contents are sworn or affirmed to be true
  • is used in court as evidence. This means you will need to make your affidavit before the court hearing.

In some cases, you may not need to give evidence in person. However, you may need to appear to answer questions about the information in your affidavit.

Your affidavit:

  • should include your name address and occupation
  • should include details of your evidence
  • can be made with the help of a lawyer
  • must be signed in front of a justice of the peace (JP). After witnessing your signature and taking your oath, they must also sign the affidavit.

It is an offence to give false evidence by affidavit.