1   Short title


Oaths and Affirmations

   2   Interpretation

   3   Manner of administration of oaths

   4   Want of religious belief not to affect oath

   5   Oath in Scottish Form

   6   Substitution of affirmations for oaths in certain cases. Form of affirmation in lieu of prescribed oath. Form of affirmation in writing and jurat


Promissory Oaths

   7   Form of oath of allegiance

   8   Form of official oath

   9   Form of judicial oath

   10   Form of oath of Privy Councillor

   11   Provision as to officers named in First Part of Schedule

   12   Provision as to officers named in Second Part of Schedule

   13   Oath of Privy Councillor

   14   Form of oath of allegiance substituted for the oaths heretofore made

   15   Persons required to take oaths


Miscellaneous Provisions as to Oaths

   16   Substitution of Sovereign's name for the time being

   17   Justice of Peace need not take oath more than once during the same reign

   18   Affirmation or declaration instead of oath


Unlawful Oaths

   19   Oath binding to commit treason, arson or murder

   20   Oath binding to engage in sedition, etc

   21   Compulsion not to justify unless information given

   22   Aiders and abettors

   23   Indictment for offence against Act

   24   What to be deemed an oath

   25   Persons tried under this Part




[Date of Commencement: 30th May, 1889]

Cap 264.

Law 43 of 1954.

8 of 1966,
42 of 1969,
6 of 1977,
23 of 1978,
15 of 1983,
4 of 1992,
25 of 2002,
35 of 2002.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Oaths Act.

Oaths and Affirmations (sections 2-6)

[Substituted by Law 43 of 1954.]

2   Interpretation

   In this Part the word "officer" means any person duly authorised to administer oaths.

3   Manner of administration of oaths

   (1) Any oath may be administered and taken in the form and manner following, that is to say, the person taking the oath shall hold the Bible in his uplifted hand, and shall say or repeat after the officer administering the oath the words-

   "I swear by Almighty God that ........................" followed by the words of the oath prescribed by law.

   (2) The officer shall (unless the person about to take the oath voluntarily objects thereto, or is physically incapable of so taking the oath) administer the oath in the form and manner aforesaid without question:

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