A sworn statement is a legal document that states facts or lists statements that are relevant to a legal proceeding or court case. These are very similar to various types of affidavits, except that sworn statements are generally not signed or certified by an official such as a notary public.
Instead, the statement is followed by a specific paragraph at the end of the document. This paragraph usually contains the signature of the person making the statement, and makes a claim that the statement is true and is made “under penalty of perjury.” Sworn statements are often entered as evidence for use in personal injury cases and various other types of legal proceedings.
Sworn statements can often be relied upon for various uses in a personal injury case. These may include:
- To prove whereabouts at the time of an accident
- To confirm statements regarding the extent of an injury
- To confirm admissions of fault or liability for accidents
- As evidence of previously existing medical conditions or injuries
- Various other uses
Most courts allow sworn statements to be used in lieu of affidavits or other certified statements. However, there are some instances where state laws do not allow a sworn statement to be used in lieu of a sealed affidavit. Again, state laws may vary on this point, so it may be necessary to work with a lawyer who can help make these types of distinctions.
Lastly, the person making the sworn statement must understand that they are making the statements under the “penalty of perjury.” This means that they can face perjury charges if it is later found that they falsified information in a sworn statement. If there are issues regarding the truthfulness or accuracy of information contained in a sworn statement, it may require additional legal analysis, which can consume additional time and resources.
Sworn statements are usually overseen and processed by an attorney rather than a notary public or other similar figure. The attorney performs many tasks, such as reviewing the statement for accuracy or checking the person’s ID. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need any help at all with the documents and statements that are relevant in an injury case. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance and can represent you during important legal proceedings.