Other Names:
False swearing

Perjury is the deliberate concealment of facts or conscious distortion of the truth by a witness or victim, either during a preliminary investigation or in court. Perjury could result in the conviction of an innocent person, or the acquittal of a criminal, thereby rendering court decisions vulnerable.


Investigations of corruption in police forces frequently note incidences of policy officers perjuring themselves. In 1993 a leading Scottish judge accused police officers of this.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST