(1) A person is guilty of perjury in the first degree when he or she makes a material false statement, which he or she does not believe:
(a) In any official proceeding under an oath required or authorized by law;

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 523.020

  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Material false statement: means any false statement, regardless of its admissibility under the rules of evidence which could have affected the outcome of the proceeding. See Kentucky Statutes 523.010
  • Oath: means an affirmation or other legally authorized manner of attesting to the truth of a statement. See Kentucky Statutes 523.010
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Public servant: means :
    (a) Any public officer or employee of the state or of any political subdivision thereof or of any governmental instrumentality within the state. See Kentucky Statutes 523.010

(b) In a subscribed written instrument for which an oath is required or authorized by law, with the intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of his or her official functions when such person is subscribing a warrant accusing his or her spouse of an offense under KRS Chapter 510; or
(c) In an application for a warrant under KRS 455.180. (2) Perjury in the first degree is a Class D felony.
Effective: June 29, 2021
History: Amended 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 202, sec. 4, effective June 29, 2021. — Amended
1986 Ky. Acts ch. 486, sec. 2, effective July 15, 1986. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch.
406, sec. 191, effective January 1, 1975.