Definitions for Perjuryˈpɜr dʒə ri
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Perjury
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
per•ju•ryˈpɜr dʒə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.
the willful giving of false testimony under oath, esp. in a legal inquiry.
Origin of perjury:
1250–1300; ME perjurie < AF < L perjūrium=perjūr(us) swearing falsely (see perjure ) +-ium -ium1
perjury, bearing false witness, lying under oath(noun)
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
The deliberate giving of false or misleading testimony under oath.
We declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this declaration was executed on March 22, 2005, at Seattle, Washington.
Origin: Ultimately from perjurare, from .
at common law, a willfully false statement in a fact material to the issue, made by a witness under oath in a competent judicial proceeding. By statute the penalties of perjury are imposed on the making of willfully false affirmations
Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the willful act of swearing a false oath or of falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding. That is, the witness falsely promises to tell the truth about matters which affect the outcome of the proceeding. For example, it is not considered perjury to lie about one's age unless age is a factor in determining the legal result, such as eligibility for old age retirement benefits. Perjury is considered a serious offense as it can be used to usurp the power of the courts, resulting in miscarriages of justice. In the United States, for example, the general perjury statute under Federal law classifies perjury as a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to five years. The California Penal Code allows for perjury to be a capital offense in cases causing wrongful execution. However prosecutions for perjury are rare. In some countries such as France and Italy, suspects cannot be heard under oath or affirmation and thus cannot commit perjury, regardless of what they say during their trial. The rules for perjury also apply when a person has made a statement under penalty of perjury, even if the person has not been sworn or affirmed as a witness before an appropriate official. An example of this is the United States' income tax return, which, by law, must be signed as true and correct under penalty of perjury. Federal tax law provides criminal penalties of up to three years in prison for violation of the tax return perjury statute. See: 26 U.S.C. § 7206
Find a translation for the Perjury definition in other languages:
Select another language: