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Government fast-tracks Covid-related ‘statements of truth’ legislation

Courts Service urged to introduce electronic document filing system

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

31st May, 2020
The Department of Justice has confirmed that it is accelerating plans already in train since January that would allow for statements of truth to be used in proceedings for the first time

Plans to allow “statements of truth” to be used in legal proceedings instead of sworn affidavits are being fast-tracked by the Department of Justice due to social distancing requirements.

Irish law currently requires deponents to swear an affidavit in the physical presence of a Commissioner of Oaths or a practising solicitor. This has presented an issue since social distancing rules were introduced in March, with many legal actions grinding to a halt.


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