What Is the Purpose of an Affidavit of Truth?

Affidavits of truth are used as evidence in civil cases and can sometimes also be used in criminal cases, explains the Free Dictionary. In business proceedings such affidavits serve to provide needed information used by others. In administrative proceedings, they are also used as evidence when no objection is brought up against them.

Although they are used in court cases, affidavits of truth are considered a minor type of evidence because they are not taken in court and the person in charge of the affidavit, or the affiant, is not subject to cross-examination in regard to the material contained in the affidavit, according to the Free Dictionary. They are commonly used in special circumstances, such as when there is no other stronger evidence to present or when the affiant cannot make it to court to testify. If the affiant, however, is available to testify, his affidavit of truth is commonly not admissible in a court case.

Affidavits of truth do not need to follow any specific format, states the Free Dictionary. The facts that make up the content, however, need to be stated clearly and directly for them to be effective. The affidavit must also include several crucial elements such as the name and address of the affiant, the date on which the statements were made, and the signatures of the affiant and qualified witness,