Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Perjury is a crime committed when a lawful oath is administered on some judicial proceeding to a person who swears wilfully, absolutely, and falsely in a matter material to the issue or point in question; and under various modern statutes offences against veracity of the like sort, although not on oath, are rendered indictable and punishable as perjury - e.g. in the case of statutory declarations substituted for oaths. Perjury and subornation of perjury are both misdemeanours and punishable by fine and imprisonment. [Declaration, Oaths,]