The Government expects the law to help bring down insurance costs. James Browne (Minister of State at the Department of Justice, pictured) said that the legislation would have a “significant deterrent effect” on those considering making false or fraudulent claims.
The new legislation establishes a statutory criminal offence for perjury. It provides for statutory perjury-related offences – including false statements on oath, false statutory declarations, and false declarations.
It includes penalties of up to 12 months for conviction on a summary offence, and up to ten years for conviction on indictment.