Definition - What does Jurat mean?

Jurat is a Latin term that means "been sworn."

In the context of the law, jurat refers to the bottom part of an affidavit, which is where the present officer validates and certifies that the document in question was sworn in their presence. Jurats help to ensure the legitimacy of official court documents.

Justipedia explains Jurat

Because many court documents are extremely important, an officer of the court must be present to verify that the person signing the document actually appears and actually swears to the truthfulness of the document.

The jurat is simply where the officer of the court certifies that the person actually appeared and signed the document. Essentially, the officer of the court is a witness to the signing of the document.

All affidavits and official pleadings require jurats.

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