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SECTION 210.00
Perjury and related offenses; definitions of terms
§ 210.00 Perjury and related offenses; definitions of terms.

The following definitions are applicable to this article:

1. "Oath" includes an affirmation and every other mode authorized by
law of attesting to the truth of that which is stated.

2. "Swear" means to state under oath.

3. "Testimony" means an oral statement made under oath in a proceeding
before any court, body, agency, public servant or other person
authorized by law to conduct such proceeding and to administer the oath
or cause it to be administered.

4. "Oath required by law." An affidavit, deposition or other
subscribed written instrument is one for which an "oath is required by
law" when, absent an oath or swearing thereto, it does not or would not,
according to statute or appropriate regulatory provisions, have legal
efficacy in a court of law or before any public or governmental body,
agency or public servant to whom it is or might be submitted.

5. "Swear falsely." A person "swears falsely" when he intentionally
makes a false statement which he does not believe to be true (a) while
giving testimony, or (b) under oath in a subscribed written instrument.
A false swearing in a subscribed written instrument shall not be deemed
complete until the instrument is delivered by its subscriber, or by
someone acting in his behalf, to another person with intent that it be
uttered or published as true.

6. "Attesting officer" means any notary public or other person
authorized by law to administer oaths in connection with affidavits,
depositions and other subscribed written instruments, and to certify
that the subscriber of such an instrument has appeared before him and
has sworn to the truth of the contents thereof.

7. "Jurat" means a clause wherein an attesting officer certifies,
among other matters, that the subscriber has appeared before him and
sworn to the truth of the contents thereof.