Abolition of Unnecessary Oaths (CAP. 2 1
THE ABOLITION O F UNNECESSARY OATHS ACT
Arrangement of Sections
1. Short title.
2. 5 & 6 W. 4c. 62
Justices not to administer oaths touching matters whereof
they have no jurisdiction by statute.
3. Voluntary declaration in form in Schedule may be taken.
4. Fee on declaration.
5. Oath of allegiance still required.
6. Oaths in courts of justice still required.
7. Oaths required by Royal commission and oaths of office
8. Act not to limit operation of 5 & 6 W. 4c. 62.
ABOLITION O F UNNECESSARY OATHS
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1. This Act may be cited as the Abolition of short title.
Unnecessary Oaths Act.
2. It shall not be lawful for any Justice of the Peace 5 & 6 w. 4c.62. Justices not to
or other person to administer, or cause or allow to be administer oaths
administered, or to receive or cause or allow to be received, touching matters
wherof they have
any oath, affidavit or solemn affirmation touching any mat- no jurisdiction
ter or thing whereof such justice or other person hath not by statute.
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2 CAP. 2 ) Abolition of Unnecessary Oaths
jurisdiction or cognizance by some statute in force at the
Provided that this Act shall not extend to any oath,
affidavit or solemn affirmation before any justice in any mat-
ter or thing touching the preservation of the peace or the
prosecution or punishment of offences, nor to any oath,
affidavit or affirmation which may be required by the laws
of any other place or country to give validity to instruments
in writing designed to be used in such place or country.
3. It shall be lawful for a Judge or any Magistrate
form in Schedule 01. Notary Public to take and receive the declaration of any
may be taken- person voluntarily making the same before him in the form
in the Schedule, and if any declaration so made shall be false
or untrue in any material particular the person wilfully mak-
ing such false declaration and any person making use thereof
with intent to deceive, knowing the same to be false, shall
be guilty of a misdemeanour.
4. The like fees shall be payable in respect of a
declaration authorized by this Act as would be payable on
making any legal oath, solemn affirmation or affidavit.
allegiance still 5 . Nothing in this Act shall extend or apply to the
required. oath of allegiance or the oath or affirmation substituted for
the oaths of allegiance, supremacy, and abjuration, which
shall continue to be required, administered and taken as if
this Act had not been passed.
Oaths in courts
of justice still
6. Nothing in this Act shall extend or apply to any
required. oath, solemn affirmation, or affidavit in any judicial pro-
ceeding in any Court of Justice, or in any proceeding for
or by way of summary conviction before any Magistrate.
Oaths required 7. Nothing in this Act shall extend or apply to any
commission and oath or solemn affirmation which now is or hereafter may
oaths of office be required to be made or taken under or by virtue of any
commission of Her Majesty, Her heirs or successors, or for
the due execution of any office or employment.
Act not to limit
8. Nothing in this Act shall limit the operation of the
5 & 6 W. 4c. 62. Statutory Declarations Act 1835 of the United Kingdom.
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I, A.B. , do solemnly and sincerely declare that
and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the
same to be true, and under and by virtue of the Act of the
Legislature in that case made and provided.