from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A certification on an affidavit declaring when, where, and before whom it was sworn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The written statement by a notary public that he or she has administered and witnessed an oath or affirmation.
  • n. The written statement of a person that he or she has declared an oath or affirmation.
  • n. A municipal official in the Cinque Ports or in certain French towns.
  • n. A life magistrate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person under oath; specifically, an officer of the nature of an alderman, in certain municipal corporations in England.
  • n. The memorandum or certificate at the end of an asffidavit, or a bill or answer in chancery, showing when, before whom, and (in English practice), where, it was sworn or affirmed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sworn officer; a magistrate; a member of a permanent jury.
  • n. In law, the official memorandum subscribed at the end of an affidavit, showing the time when and the person before whom it was sworn.


Middle English, informant under oath, member of a ruling body of a city, from Anglo-Norman, member of a ruling body of a city, from Medieval Latin iūrātus, juror, from past participle of Latin iūrāre, to swear; see jury1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French, from Latin iurāre, present active infinitive of iūrō ("swear or take an oath"). (Wiktionary)


  • The written declaration above signature line on your Federal income tax return is also referred to as a jurat:

    The Volokh Conspiracy

  • A jurat is a notary’s certification indicating that the signatory to a document (a) took an oath and (b) executed the document in the presence of the notary.

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  • I reckon the ubiquity of "jurat" must vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction; it's use is quite common in Texas.

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  • : Here in Georgia we also use "jurat" to refer to, e.g., the client's verification that accompanies responses to interrogatories.

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  • The jurat is, indeed, the swearing clause of an affidavit.

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  • I was going to say the same as Curmudgeonly Ex-Clerk — I learned the word as a second-year law student, clerking for a firm in Urbana, Illinois; I was assigned to draft an Affidavit to accompany a Motion for Summary Judgment, and reminded to “check the form of jurat for Wisconsin, since that is where the Affiant will sign it”.

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  • No, actually it is that little statement used in some cases by notaries that says “the statement was sworn before me on some date in someplace” but I there should be a word for bias potential in jury selection to make it sound more scientific and I propose the jurat.

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  • Early in my practice I had to become aware of the difference between an acknowledgment and a jurat, the two things a notary will do for you.

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  • One of the first things I try to teach a new secretary is the difference between a jurat and an acknowledgment.

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  • The reason it is mentioned so often is that there is a rule that the jurat cannot be on a page of its own (ie there must be a portion of substantive text on the same page as the jurat).

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