What is perjury?

Perjury is making a false statement under oath and knowing that the statement is false or not believing it to be true.

This is an offence under s327 of the Crimes Act 1900 NSW.

In order to prove a charge of perjury, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt:

  • That you in or in connection with a judicial proceeding made a false statement;
  • On oath;
  • Concerning any matter which was material to the proceeding; and
  • Knowing the statement to be false, or not believing it to be true.

Defences For Pejury

  • Duress; and
  • Necessity

Penalty For Perjury

If you are convicted on the Local Court, the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment.

If you are convicted in the District Court, the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment.

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