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Welcome to our Alphabet Information Series.  Today’s topic is O for Oath

What is an Oath in law?

Before giving evidence in court you will be asked if you wish to take an oath or make an affirmation that your evidence is true. To take the oath means to swear to the truth of what is written by you, or said by you, on either the bible or other religious book of your faith.

The difference between an oath and an affirmation is that the oath is a religious commitment where as an affirmation is non-religious.

Below are examples of the types of oaths and affirmations used in court.

Witness Oath

"I swear by .......... (according to religious belief) that the evidence I shall give shall be the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth."

Witness Affirmation

"I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that the evidence I shall give shall be the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth."

Sworn testimony is evidence given by a witness who has made a commitment to tell the truth. If the witness is later found to have lied whilst bound by the commitment, they can often be charged with the crime of perjury. Lying under oath is a criminal offence and in the United Kingdom, perjury is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

For another legal “O” topics read about an Occupation Order in our Injunction blog here.

If you have any queries regarding the above information or would like any further advice remember obtaining accurate legal information from the outset can be vital in the resolution of your matter and can make the process less stressful. Call 01246 555610 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced solicitors.



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