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You can print this checklist as it may help you when you need to write a statutory declaration.
This checklist relates specifically to statutory declarations. For tips on writing skills and things to think about when writing any type of legal document, see
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A statutory declaration can be made by anyone who needs to prove the existence of a fact or facts. Statutory declarations are not usually used in court cases. For example, a stautory declaration can be used to prove that:
Statutory declarations may be used in some tribunals as a way of giving evidence, however this is rare. If you are not sure if you need to make a statutory declaration, you should get
If you are making a statutory declaration, you are called the 'declarant'. Your statutory declaration should contain:
When you write a statutory declaration, you should:
A statutory declaration must be witnessed by a solicitor or Justice of the Peace.
Make sure you keep a copy of your signed statutory declaration for your records.
For more information on statutory declarations, and for an example of a statutory declaration, see