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Revealing our religion/atheism in the witness box

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a The Oaths Act 1978 directs that the oath/solemn affirmation shall start ‘I swear by Almighty God that’/’I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that’, ‘followed by the words of the oath prescribed by law’. The words to follow cannot be found elsewhere in the Act, in another statute or in the rules of the court. In 1927 the King's Bench Judges approved the following form of oath for use in civil and criminal courts: ‘the evidence, which I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’. This is still in use today.

a The Oaths Act 1978 directs that the oath/solemn affirmation shall start ‘I swear by Almighty God that’/‘I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that’, ‘followed by the words of the oath prescribed by law’. The words to follow cannot be found elsewhere in the Act, in another statute or in the rules of the court. In 1927 the King's Bench Judges approved the following form of oath for use in civil and criminal courts: ‘the evidence, which I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’. This is still in use today.

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Revealing our religion/atheism in the witness box

  • Catherine Penny (a1)
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