Nine months’ imprisonment for signing false statements of truth

A defendant has been given an immediate sentence of nine months’ imprisonment for contempt of court in signing statements of truth on documents that he knew to contain untruths. This is the first contested case of contempt over statements in documents used in civil proceedings before the Divisional Court (Queen’s Bench Division). The claimants were able to show, using evidence that included covert surveillance footage and photos from Facebook, that the first defendant had grossly exaggerated his claim for compensation following a traffic injury.

This case highlights the importance of ensuring that any statements of case or witness statements are carefully reviewed by the person who is signing the statement of truth and that they are aware of the consequences of knowingly signing a statement of truth that contains falsehoods.

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