Section 119 Evidence Act 2011

Section 119 Evidence Act 2011

Section 119 Evidence Act 2011 is titled ‘Jurat‘. It is under Part V (DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE) of the Act. It states as follows:

(1) Where the deponent is illiterate or blind the affidavit shall state that fact, and shall be accompanied with a jurat.

(2) The jurat shall –
(a) be written without interlineation, alteration or erasure immediately at the foot of the affidavit, and towards the left side of the paper, and shall be signed by the person before whom it is taken;
(b) state the date of the swearing and the place where it is sworn;
(c) state that the affidavit was sworn before the person taking the same;
(d) where the deponent is illiterate or blind it shall state such fact and shall state that the affidavit was read over to such illiterate or blind deponent or translated into his own language (in the case of a deponent not having sufficient knowledge of English), and that he appeared to understand it.

(3) Where the deponent makes a mark instead of signing, the jurat shall state that fact, and that the mark was made in the presence of the person before whom it is taken.

(4) Where two or more persons join in making an affidavit their several names shall be written in the jurat and it shall appear by the jurat that each of them has been sworn to the truth of the several matters stated by him in the affidavit.

(5) If the jurat has been added and signed on an altered affidavit, the person before whom it is taken shall add a new jurat on the affidavit being re – sworn and in the new jurat he shall mention the alteration.

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