Canadian Criminal Sentencing/Offences/Perjury

s. 131 of the Crim. Code
Election / Plea
Crown Election Indictable
Jurisdiction Prov. Court
SC Judge + PI (I)
SC Jury + PI (I) (536(2))
Summary Dispositions
Indictable Dispositions
Maximum 14 years jail
Offence Elements
Sentence Principles
Sentence Digests


131. (1) Subject to subsection (3), every one commits perjury who, with intent to mislead, makes before a person who is authorized by law to permit it to be made before him a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation, by affidavit, solemn declaration or deposition or orally, knowing that the statement is false.
132. Every one who commits perjury is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.



For charges of perjury or any other attempts to pervert the cause of justice, denunciation and deterrence must be emphasized.[1]

  1. R. v. Adams 2010 NSCA 42 at para. 52

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