What is a court affidavit?
An affidavit is a document prepared for court containing statements of facts.
What are court affidavits used for?
For a court to reach a verdict it must have accurate and true information. The court affidavit will be given as evidence during the court hearing.
The court affidavit is often used for witness statements. A court affidavit can also include other supporting material and documents, such as bills, letters and photographs.
What happens if a court affidavit is false?
It is important to be aware that if you give a false court affidavit, you can be in contempt of court. This is a very serious offence. You should get legal advice from a solicitor about this.
When are court affidavits used?
Court affidavits are often used in cases of unpaid debts, with property disputes and divorces. The court will tell you whether you need to provide an affidavit to support your case. Your court affidavit will also have to be witnessed.
Do you need a solicitor to witness a court affidavit?
You can witness an affidavit by signing your affidavit in front of a solicitor. You can also do this at your County Court.
Do you need a solicitor to prepare a court affidavit?
It is highly advisable to get a solicitor to prepare an affidavit for you. This is because there are complex rules of evidence that apply. Your affidavit has to comply with these rules. If the contents of your affidavit are not compliant, the evidence will be disregarded, meaning the court will completely ignore it – this could seriously damage your case.
By getting a solicitor to prepare your affidavit, the evidence contained in it will be admissible. This is because solicitors have special training in preparing legal documents and evidence.
If you would like to obtain legal advice or assistance about completing an affidavit, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local solicitor free of charge. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web form above and we’ll call you back.