Oaths Act 1922

Link to law: https://legislation.gov.im/cms/images/LEGISLATION/PRINCIPAL/1922/1922-0003/OathsAct1922_1.pdf
Published: 2012-09-01

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The Oaths Act 1922

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AT 3 of 1922

THE OATHS ACT 1922

The Oaths Act 1922 Index


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THE OATHS ACT 1922

Index Section Page

1 Short title .......................................................................................................................... 5
2 Manner of administration of oaths ............................................................................... 5
2A Affirmations .................................................................................................................... 6
3 Definition ......................................................................................................................... 6
4 Commencement of Act .................................................................................................. 6
ENDNOTES 7

TABLE OF LEGISLATION HISTORY 7
TABLE OF RENUMBERED PROVISIONS 7
TABLE OF ENDNOTE REFERENCES 7

The Oaths Act 1922 Section 1


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THE OATHS ACT 1922

Received Royal Assent: 1 April 1922
Passed: 2 May 1922
Commenced: 2 May 1922
AN ACT
[1to make further provision about oaths]
1 Short title

This Act may be cited as ‘The Oaths Act, 1922’.
2 Manner of administration of oaths

(1) Any oath may be administered and taken in the form and manner
following: —
The person taking the oath shall hold the New Testament, or, in the case
of a Jew, the Old Testament, 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:
Provided that, in the case of a person who is neither a Christian nor a
Jew, the oath shall be administered in any manner which is now lawful.
(3) If a person to whom an oath is administered desires to swear with
uplifted hand, in the form and manner in which an oath is usually
administered in Scotland, that person shall be permitted to do so, and the
officer shall administer the oath in that form and manner without
question.1

(4) Where —
(a) an oath may lawfully be administered to any person; and
1 Editorial Note: This Act as printed in the original official volume did not have a long title/
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(b) it has been administered in a form and manner other than that
prescribed by law,
that person is bound by it as if it had been administered in such form,
and with such ceremonies, as that person may have declared to be
binding.2

(5) Where an oath has been duly administered and taken, the fact that the
person to whom it was administered had, at the time of taking it, no
religious belief shall not for any purpose affect the validity of the oath.3

2A Affirmations

(1) Any person who objects to being sworn shall be permitted to make a
solemn affirmation instead of taking an oath.
(2) Where it is not reasonably practicable without inconvenience or delay to
administer an oath in the manner appropriate to a person’s religious
belief, that person may be permitted or required to make a solemn
affirmation instead of taking an oath.
(3) A solemn affirmation shall be of the same force and effect as an oath.
(4) An oral affirmation shall be —
‘I [name] do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that
the evidence given by me to the Court shall be the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the truth’.
(5) A written affirmation shall —
(a) commence ‘I, [name] of [address], do solemnly, sincerely and
truly affirm ...’; and
(b) end ‘Affirmed at [place] this [date], Before me... [officer taking the
affirmation]’.4

3 Definition

In this Act the word “officer
” shall mean and include any and every person
duly authorised to administer oaths.
4 Commencement of Act

This Act shall come into operation when the Royal Assent thereto has been
announced by the Governor to Tynwald, and a certificate thereof has been
signed by the Governor and the Speaker of the House of Keys.
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ENDNOTES

Table of Legislation History

Legislation Year and No Commencement






Table of Renumbered Provisions

Original Current






Table of Endnote References

1
Subs (3) added by Administration of JustIce Act 2008 s 25(1)(a). 2
Subs (4) added by Administration of JustIce Act 2008 s 25(1)(a). 3
Subs (5) added by Administration of JustIce Act 2008 s 25(1)(a). 4
S 2A inserted by Administration of Justice Act 2008 s 25(1)(b).