Affidavit (Ro.: declaraţie scrisă sub jurământ, De.: ~s Affidavit, Fr.: déclaration écrite sous serment, n.f., Gr.: ένορκη βεβαίωση, Cz.: přísečné prohlášení) (See also: Affiant, Declaration, Deposition, Statutory declaration, Statement) = a voluntary, written, sworn declaration, made before a notary public or another authorised official who is empowered to administer such oaths.

The affidavit is used in judicial proceedings, and uses the personal knowledge or information of the person who signs the declaration, under oath. If the statement is found to be deliberately untrue, the individual may face perjury charges. 

~ of service (Ro.: declaraţie de efectuare a citării părţilor, De.: ~e Zustellungsurkunde, Fr.: affidavit de signification, n.m., Gr.: έκθεση επίδοσης) (See also: Notice, Process, Summons, Writ) = an affidavit certifying that a document was served on a party


Useful links

Legislation Romanian Civil Procedure Code [Romanian] Australian Court Procedure Rules 2006 Form 6.11- Affidavit general [English] Canadian Family Law Legislation and Forms [English] - United Kingdom Ministry of Justice- Affidavits [English] - British Columbia- Explanation of the New Supreme Court Civil Rules (Probate) [English] - New Zealand Family Court Rules 2002 [English] - New Zealand High Court Rules [English];jsessionid=5DB46D145945A9C00B32BA7BC1349FEA?id=39 - Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules [English]

Article 270§2 of the Greek Civil Procedure Code [Greek]

Organisations and associations Public Service Labour Relations Board (Canada) Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Canada) Intelligence Review Committee (Canada) 

Online publications - Côté, J.E., 2006, Well-Run Appeals, The Canadian Judicial Council - Wald, Patricia M., 2001, To 'Establish Incredible Events by Credible Evidence': The Use of Affidavit Testimony in Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal Proceedings, Harvard International Law Journal Gard, Stephen W., 2008, Bearing False Witness: Perjured Affidavits and the Fourth Amendment, Suffolk University Law Review 


Beardsmore, Valerie, Cox, Adele, 1996, Opinion Writing and Drafting in Tort, London, Cavendish Publishing Limited, pp. 109-122  

Wardle, Lynn Dennis, Nolan, Laurence C., 2011, Family Law in the USA, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluver Law International, pp. 108, 313

Carty, Lisa, Costello, Colm, Gilhooly, Stuart, Dr. Hall, Eamonn G., Harty, Karyn, Hayes, Joanne, Nunan, Sinead, O’Neill, Declan, O’Sullivan, Owen, Quigley, Connor C., Reid, Colette, 2013, Civil Litigation, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 219-225 

Practical use Preparing an affidavit (Australia) Affidavit of service used in divorce applications (Australia) Checklist of information to include in an affidavit or present in Court (British Columbia)


By Oana Gligan