A statutory declaration is a written summary of facts which the declarant solemnly states to be true before signing the document. A statutory declaration is not sworn; rather it is ‘declared’ to be true and must be witnessed by a justice of the peace, attorney, barrister, solicitor, notary public or some other designated official. To the layperson, however, there is very little practical difference between an Affidavit and a Statutory Declaration. Regardless of which document it is, it is an offence to lie.
Most Statutory Declarations appear in standard forms, especially Government forms. However there are some occasions when you need to come up with the Declaration yourself. You may on such occasions be able to choose either an affidavit or a Statutory Declaration, in which case you can choose whichever wording you prefer. The wording for administering an Oath, Affirmation, or Statutory Declaration appear below.
If you need a declaration prepared for you as evidence of your relationship or marital status, please complete the appropriate form: