Perjury is the act of intentionally giving false statements under oath, testimony, answers to questions, or in an official document. The information sworn to when testifying in court or on an official form is called an affidavit.

However, perjury is most commonly associated with testifying in court or making false statements in a courtroom during judicial proceedings.

Perjury, whether made under oath or on a signed document, is an illegal act. Perjury is deliberately misrepresenting the truth or lying under oath. It is a crime in both state and federal court and cannot be forgiven.