Perjury | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Perjury is lying under oath, knowing the information is false, about a material issue in a legal proceeding.

Perjury is a crime that involves the deliberate and intentional act of lying under oath or in a written statement in a legal setting. To be considered perjury, the lie must be made with the knowledge that it is false and must pertain to a material issue in the legal proceeding. The act of perjury is considered a serious offense, as it can significantly impact the fairness of the legal system. If found guilty, individuals can face hefty fines, imprisonment, and damage to their reputation. It is imperative to maintain the integrity of the legal system by providing truthful testimony in all legal proceedings, as the consequences of perjury can be severe.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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