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Verification by certification
Unless otherwise expressly provided by rule of the Supreme
Court, whenever in this Code any complaint, petition, answer, reply,
bill of particulars, answer to interrogatories, affidavit, return or
proof of service, or other document or pleading filed in any court of
this State is required or permitted to be verified, or made sworn to or
verified under oath, such requirement or permission is hereby defined
to include a certification of such pleading, affidavit or other
document under penalty of perjury as provided in this section.
Whenever any such pleading, affidavit or other document is so
certified, the several matters stated shall be stated positively or
upon information and belief only, according to the fact. The person or
persons having knowledge of the matters stated in a pleading,
affidavit or other document certified in accordance with this Section
shall subscribe to a certification in substantially the following form:
Under penalties as provided by law pursuant to Section 1-109 of the
Code of Civil Procedure, the undersigned certifies that the statements
set forth in this instrument are true and correct, except as to matters
therein stated to be on information and belief and as to such matters
the undersigned certified as aforesaid that he verily believes the same
to be true.
Any pleading, affidavit or other document certified in accordance
with this Section may be used in the same manner and with the same
force and effect as though subscribed and sworn to under oath.
Any person who makes a false statement, material to the issue or
point in question, which he does not believe to be true, in any
pleading, affidavit or other document certified by such person in
accordance with this Section shall be guilty of a Chase 3 felony.