The simple definition of perjury is the giving of false evidence under oath. It considered a very serious offence as it attacks the integrity of the judicial process.
131. (1) Subject to the subsection (3), every one who commits perjury who, with intent to mislead, makes before a person who is authorised by law to permit to be made before him a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation, by affidavit, solemn declaration or deposition or orally, knowing that the statement is false.
WITNESS GIVING CONTRADICTORY EVIDENCE/ Evidence in specific cases/ Definition of “evidence”/ Proof of former trial/ Consent Required
136. (1) Every one who, being a witness in a judicial proceeding, gives evidence with respect to any matter of fact or knowledge and who subsequently, in a judicial proceeding, gives evidence that is contrary to his previous evidence is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years, whether or not the prior or later evidence or either is true, but no person shall be convicted under this section unless the court, judge or provincial court judge, as the case may be, is satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused, in giving evidence in either of the judicial proceedings, intended to mislead.
(2.1) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section, a certificate specifying with reasonable particularity the proceeding in which that person is alleged to have given the evidence in respect of which the offence is charged, is evidence that it was given in a judicial proceeding, without proof of the signature or official character of the person by whom the certificate purports to be signed if it purports to be signed by the clerk of the court or other official having the custody of the record of that proceeding or by his lawful deputy.
If charged with Perjury…
Perjury has a maximum penalty of 14 years. We highly recommend that you meet with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers. We have helped many people with perjury related charges.