(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person gives false testimony touching a matter; and
(b) the person does so:
(i) in a judicial proceeding; or
(ii) with the intention of instituting a judicial proceeding; and
(c) the matter is material in the judicial proceeding; and
(d) the judicial proceeding is a federal judicial proceeding.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.
(2) Strict liability applies to the paragraph (1)(c) element of the offence.
Note: For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .
(3) Absolute liability applies to the paragraph (1)(d) element of the offence.
Note: For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code .
(4) For the purposes of this section, it is immaterial:
(a) whether the testimony is given:
(i) on oath or not on oath; or
(ii) orally or in writing; or
(b) whether the court or judicial tribunal to which the testimony is given:
(i) is properly constituted; or
(ii) is held in the proper place; or
(c) whether the person who gave the testimony is a competent witness; or
(d) whether the testimony is admissible.