Affidavits and Statutory Declaration

Affidavits and Statutory Declaration

What’s the difference between a statutory declaration and an affidavit?

A sworn statement of facts written out and sworn to by the affiant before those authorized to administer oaths is known as an affidavit. A statutory declaration is identical to an affidavit, with the exception that it is typically used outside of court. When one of the grantors dies, for example, proof of death can be used to transfer land. These forms of declarations are subject to the provisions of specific laws. In most cases, a statutory statement has the same legal power as if it were made under oath.

What is the name of the affiant?

The person who swears to an affidavit is known as the affiant.

Who is the one who makes the declaration?

The individual who makes a declaration is known as the declarant.

What is the function of a notary public?

A notary is analogous to an oath commissioner. A notary public, in addition to administering oaths, taking affidavits, and making declarations, can also attest or certify documents.

What format should the paragraphs take?

The affiant’s or declarant’s list of facts must be true to his or her knowledge, and the facts must be relevant to the proceeding in which the affidavit or statutory declaration will be used. The information should be listed in a clear and straightforward manner.

To maintain clarity, write in short, complete sentences and limit each numbered phrase to only one or two concepts. The purpose is to clearly communicate the pertinent facts so that they can be used to support your argument or position in court. The dates of events, as well as what you heard and saw, should all be included in your affidavit.

What exactly is a venue?

The venue is the location that the parties have chosen for the court proceedings. The judicial district and court level are generally printed on all affidavits prepared for court and utilized before a judge.

What exactly is a backer?

A supporter is the last page of a document that includes the action number, cause type, and your or your lawyer’s contact information. A supporter is required in most jurisdictions for any document to be filed in court. However, because the backer format varies per country, it is not included in our offering. For more information, please contact your local court clerk.

What is the ID number that must be entered?

The court’s ID allocated to the case must be entered into the box. It’s used in court filings to identify the case and associated materials. Depending on the jurisdiction, the ID can be numerical, alphabetical, or both numerical and numerical. Your court paperwork from the same case will have it in the upper right hand corner.

For more information, please contact the clerk of your local courthouse.

What exactly is an exhibition?

It’s a document that’s attached to an affidavit and becomes part of it. The exhibit is usually mentioned in the affidavit and will be used as evidence to back up the affidavit’s statements. In a trial involving a contract dispute, for example, the contract itself is frequently utilized as an exhibit.

What is the best way to add an exhibit?

Before the individual who will be swearing the affiant, the exhibit must be recognized and shown to the affiant. Insert “now produced and exhibited to me and marked as Exhibit A” in the sentence after referring the document in the affidavit. The next exhibit will be designated with the following letter. After all of the letters in the alphabet have been used, a number will be added to the end of the letter.

What is the affidavit’s signing date?

The day on which the affiant will sign the affidavit in front of a notary public.

True Copies with Certification

On original or copies of Government-issued papers such as Canadian passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, diplomas, transcripts, police records, and so on, a non-validation stamp will be applied. True copies of citizenship cards and certificates will not be certified.

If the original document is provided and the following conditions are met, the Embassy of Canada may certify a true copy.
The document is written in English or French, or an official English or French translation is included. The client is a Canadian citizen, or the material is intended for usage in the country. The consular official is familiar with the original document’s format. There are costs involved.

The manner in which services are delivered. Because customers must sign the document(s) in front of a consular officer, affidavits and statutory declarations can only be served in person.


Each set of similar affidavits, statutory declarations, and signatures seen by the consular office is subject to a fee. Please see our list of costs and payment methods for more information.

Operational hours

Notarial services are only available by appointment. There are costs involved.

Time spent waiting

It may take up to three business days for us to handle your documents and fees after we receive them. If we have questions about your papers or need extra verifications, the processing period may be extended.

Processing timeframes are subject to change at any time. If you are planning a vacation, you should not book it until you have received your documents.

Notarial services are largely for the benefit of Canadian citizens; but, if the documents are intended for use in Canada, they may be supplied to non-Canadian citizens as well.

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