Verification of documents and information
Verification of documents and information

The following Commercial guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Verification of documents and information
  • Statutory declarations
  • Oaths
  • Affirmations
  • Affidavits
  • Formalities for administering statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits
  • Statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits out of jurisdiction

This Practice Note covers how information contained in a document or statement made by or on behalf of a person, can be relied on where there is a requirement to validate its authenticity in a commercial context. There are a number of ways to validate information and documents and this Practice Note explains when statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits may be used; how to check that these have been correctly prepared, and includes guidance for practitioners when using these methods of validation. This Practice Note covers the formalities for administrating statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits and the formalities for statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits out of jurisdiction.

This Practice Note looks at the requirements for the following:

  1. statutory declarations

  2. oaths

  3. affirmations

  4. affidavits

  5. formalities for administrating statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits

  6. statutory declarations, oaths, affirmations and affidavits out of jurisdiction

Statutory declarations

A statutory declaration allows an individual to make a legal declaration confirming that something is true for the purposes of satisfying some legal requirement or regulation when no other evidence is available. Unlike an oath or affirmation, a statutory declaration is not sworn. Statutory declarations can be a necessity in the commercial context. For example, a commercial tenant might be required to make a statutory declaration to contract out from the security of tenure given to