In accordance to section 327(1) of the Crimes Act 1900, the offence of perjury is defined as “any person who in or in connection with any judicial proceeding makes any false statement on oath concerning any matter which is material to the proceeding, knowing the statement to be false or not believing it to be true”. Some examples of actions that may constitute as perjury include:

  • Lying in court when giving evidence to protect the offender being prosecuted
  • Providing a false alibi for someone when giving evidence at a hearing
  • Filing a sworn affidavit in proceedings which contain false information

Possible Defences

Possible defences to a perjury charge can include:

  • that you believed that the statement you made was true
  • your statement was not made under oath or an affirmation
  • that statement that you made was not done ‘in connection with judicial proceedings’


  • Maximum penalty: 10 years imprisonment

Other possible penalties for a perjury charge include:

  • Home detention
  • Intensive correction order
  • Suspended sentence
  • Community service order
  • Good behavior bond
  • Fines

The complexity of these offences requires the extensive knowledge and meticulous attention to detail which our lawyers provide. Our team has specialised knowledge in Perjury & False Statement offences having assisted many clients successfully defend charges or obtain lesser penalties once sentenced.

If you have been charged with a these offences, our experts can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers in our office.

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