Statutory declarations commonly represent legal documentary evidence of the declarer’s will, statement, or status to the best knowledge of the declarer.
Statutory declarations are often mistaken for affidavits and oaths, although statutory declarations need not be sworn or contain any religious texts.
The Statutory Declarations Act governs a statutory declaration in the United Kingdom in 1835 .
It is defined as the declarer’s solemn declaration conscientiously believing the statement to be true, as per the form prescribed in the Statutory Declarations Act 1835.
As a formal statement of truth, a statutory declaration has to be signed in the presence of a qualified and authorised person, such as a notary public, a solicitor, a justice of the peace, and a commissioner for oaths.