Civil litigation

What wording should I use to swear an oral statutory declaration?

I’m a newly qualified solicitor and have been asked to swear a statutory declaration for the first time. What is the wording of the oral declaration to be made by the declarant?

The form of wording is as follows:

“I solemnly and sincerely declare that this is my name and handwriting and that the contents of this my declaration are true.”

If there are exhibits, you should add “and that [this/these] [is/are] the exhibit[s] referred to”.

For more information on swearing statutory declarations, you can buy a copy of Execution of Documents (3rd edition) from our bookshop.

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