Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1874

Penalty for false statements, &c.

40. Any person who commits any of the following offences; that is to say,

(1.) Wilfully makes any false answer to any question put to him by a registrar relating to the particulars required to be registered concerning any birth or death, or wilfully gives to a registrar any false information concerning any birth or death, or the cause of any death; or,

(2.) Wilfully makes any false certificate or declaration under or for the purposes of this Act, or forges or falsifies any such certificate or declaration, or any order under this Act, or, knowing any such certificate, declaration, or order to be false or forged, uses the same as true, or gives or sends the same as true to any person; or,

(3.) Wilfully makes, gives, or uses any false statement or representation as to a child born alive having been still-born, or as to the body of a deceased person or a still-born child in any coffin, or falsely pretends that any child born alive was still-born; or,

(4.) Makes any false statement with intent to have the same entered in any register of births or deaths ;

shall for each offence be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding ten pounds, and on conviction on indictment to a fine or       .      .      .      to penal servitude for a term not exceeding seven years.