Affidavit
(Federal)


Summary

This form is a supporting affidavit that may be used in a federal district court case. This form includes drafting notes and optional clauses. Affidavits or declarations serve as evidence concerning facts at issue and also may be used to introduce documents that need authentication. For example, they can be used as evidence in support of a TRO application or motion for summary judgment and/or to authenticate a deposition transcript or a response to a discovery request. Affidavits or declarations, together with a supporting memorandum of law, often serve as the sole basis for a court's ruling. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 78(b). An affidavit must be notarized with a jurat from a certified notary. A declaration, which is used more frequently, serves the same purpose as an affidavit but does not require notarization (see 28 U.S.C. § 1746). For a declaration form, see Declaration (Federal). For more about affidavits, see Moore's Federal Practice - Civil § 56.94. For information about submitting ...