Criminal Justice (Perjury and Related Offences) Act 2021

Subornation of perjury

3. (1) A person commits an offence (in this Act referred to as subornation of perjury) if he or she procures, persuades, induces or otherwise causes another person to commit perjury, knowing or being reckless as to whether the other person is committing such offence.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), it shall be immaterial whether or not the other person referred to in that subsection has been convicted of the perjury to which the alleged subornation of perjury relates.

(3) Where proceedings are brought against a person for the alleged commission of subornation of perjury, the question as to whether a statement given by the other person referred to in subsection (1) was material in a judicial or other proceeding is a question of law to be determined by the court of trial in the proceedings for subornation of perjury.

(4) This section is without prejudice to the Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 .