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Witnessing documents

Information about the legal requirements for witnessing documents, such as statutory declarations and affidavits.

If a document is acting as a formal statement that is sworn or affirmed to be true and correct, then it must be witnessed by a person authorised under state or Commonwealth law to have legal force.

This topic looks at two types of legal documents:

  • an affidavit, which is used to give evidence in court proceedings, and
  • a statutory declaration, which is used to give evidence in most other circumstances.

This topic explains what these documents are used for and the way that they must be witnessed so that they have legal force.

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