Jurat Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Jurat.

Jurat (noun):

A jurat is a formal statement typically located at the end of a document, such as an affidavit. It confirms that the person who signed the document did so under oath, verifying that the information is truthful to the best of their knowledge. The jurat is signed by the person swearing to the truth of the document's contents (the deponent) and a public official, like a Notary Public, who witnesses the oath. The jurat includes important details like the date and location of signing, the name of the person swearing, and the name of the official witnessing the oath. Derived from Latin, the term "jurat" essentially means "to swear".