What is an Affidavit?

 An Affidavit is a written statement from an individual which is sworn to be true.

They largely follow the same form as a witness statement but include a jurat swearing or affirming the evidence given.

When there is translation involved, the individual or the company obtain translated documents with a statement signed by the translator.

Generally speaking, Affidavits must be used where sworn evidence is required by law, rule, order or practical direction, in an application for a search order, freezing injunction or an order requiring an occupier to permit entry to land, in any application for an order against anyone for contempt of court.

When is an Affidavit required?

Individuals may be requested to use one where the rules of the court require them. If these individuals use a solicitor, they will be advised when to use one.

Affidavit is a means of quoting written evidence in certain circumstances.

It may be used with other witness statements to prove that a statement/document is true when mentioned in court. This will usually be signed by a solicitor or a notary with a small administration fee.

What will the Affidavit guarantee?

When a linguist writes an Affidavit, the linguist must ensure that they confirm that the translation of the document is an exact and accurate translation from the source language document to the target language document.

So, the deponent swears or affirms the finalised Affidavit usually in front of an independent practising solicitor or commissioner for oaths

Also note that when speaking about an Affidavit for translation into different languages, the usual swearing of an Affidavit using a bible may not be relevant due to different religious beliefs.

Debonair Languages  offer nationwide coverage which means we can find a translator near to our clients no matter if they are an individual or a business.

Our linguists are qualified and experienced and work to tight deadlines to deliver professional translation to many legal firms, Courts or other private organisations.

We have years of experience working with the Ministry of Justice and the UK Courts of Justice, so we know which process to adopt to comply with the requirements of our legal clients.

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