January 26, 2009

How to Swear an Affidavit for Cheap

Many family and civil law applications require evidence in the form of affidavits, which are sworn statements containing a person's evidence. As affidavits are essentially testimony in written form, they must be sworn under an oath which is similar to the one used by witnesses in court. The problem is that only certain people can adminster the oath for swearing an affidavit. In British Columbia, these people are most commonly lawyers and notaries who charge anywhere from $24.99 to $69.99 per affidavit. If you have a few affidavits from various witnesses, these charges can add up quickly.

Fortunately, the British Columbia Supreme Court Registry has certain staff members who are able to swear affidavits without charge. This service may also be available in the Federal Court of Canada. Note that the Registry staff will not be able to draft the affidavit for you, or provide you with legal advice. The Registry staff must also check your identification, so remember to bring at least two pieces of ID, one of which should have your photograph.

UPDATE: Thanks to some helpful comments, it appears that the BC Supreme Court Registry is now charging $31 to swear an affidavit. This may still be a worthwhile option, since $31 is still cheaper than the average rate among lawyers and notaries.

For an excellent guide to preparing your own affidavits check out Drafting Affidavits: A Lay Person's Guide published by the Community Legal Assistance Society.


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