Perjury Act 1911
The Perjury Act 1911 is an Act
Acts of Parliament in the United Kingdom
An Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom is a type of legislation called primary legislation. These Acts are passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom at Westminster, or by the Scottish Parliament at Edinburgh....

 of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom, British Crown dependencies and British overseas territories, located in London...

. It creates the offence of perjury
Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the willful act of swearing a false oath or affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to a judicial proceeding. That is, the witness falsely promises to tell the truth about matters which affect the outcome of the...

 and a number of similar offences.

This Act has effect as if section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967 and section 80 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004
Civil Partnership Act 2004
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Bill for this Act was introduced by the Labour government and supported by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition. The Act grants civil partnerships in the United Kingdom with rights and...

 were contained in this Act.

Section 1A - False unsworn statement under Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975

This section was inserted by section 8(1) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975
Evidence (Proceedings in other Jurisdictions) Act 1975
The Evidence Act 1975 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the long title of which is "An Act to make new provision for enabling the High Court, the Court of Session and the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland to assist in obtaining evidence required for the purposes of...

. It provides:
This offence is triable either way. A person guilty of this offence is liable, on conviction
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 on indictment
An indictment , in the common-law legal system, is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that maintain the concept of felonies, the serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that lack the concept of felonies often use that of an indictable offence—an...

, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine, or to both, or, summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to a fine not exceeding the prescribed sum
Prescribed sum
The prescribed sum is the maximum fine that may be imposed on summary conviction of certain offences in the United Kingdom. In England and Wales and Northern Ireland, it is now equivalent to level 5 on the standard scale, which it predates...

, or to both.

Section 9 - Power to direct a prosecution for perjury

This section was repealed for England and Wales
England and Wales
England and Wales is a jurisdiction within the United Kingdom. It consists of England and Wales, two of the four countries of the United Kingdom...

 on 1 April 1986.

Section 10 - Jurisdiction of quarter sessions

This section was repealed by section 10(2) of, and Part II of Schedule 3 to, the Criminal Law Act 1967
Criminal Law Act 1967
The Criminal Law Act 1967 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. However, with some minor exceptions, it generally applies to only England and Wales. It made some major changes to English criminal law...


Section 11 - Application of Vexatious Indictments Act 1859

This section was repealed by section 10 of, and Schedule 3 to, the Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1933.

Section 13 - Corroboration

This section provides:
The following cases are relevant to the interpretation of this section:
  • R v Mayhew (1834) 6 C & P 315
  • R v Threlfall, 10 Cr App R 112, 23 Cox 230
  • R v O'Connor [1980] Crim LR 43, CA
  • R v Rider, 83 Cr App R 207, [1986] Crim LR 626, CA
  • R v Stokes [1988] Crim LR 110, CA
  • R v Peach [1990] 1 WLR 976, [1990] 2 All ER 966, 91 Cr App R 379, [1990] Crim LR 741, CA
  • R v Carroll, 99 Cr App R 381, CA

Section 18 - Extent

This section reads:
The reference to Ireland must now be construed as a reference to Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...


Section 19 - Short title and commencement

So much of this section as related commencement was repealed by the Statute Law Revision Act 1927.

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