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RSNL1990 CHAPTER O-1

OATHS ACT

Amended:

CHAPTER O-1

AN ACT RESPECTING OATHS

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Short title

        1. This Act may be cited as the Oaths Act.

RSN1970 c277 s1

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Oath

        2. (1) Where, by law, a person is required to take an oath and that person does take it, he or she is bound by that oath.

             (2)  A person who intentionally swears falsely to an oath is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to the punishment that that person would have been liable to if he or she had been convicted of the crime of perjury.

RSN1970 c277 s2

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Affirmation

        3. (1) A person who objects to taking an oath may instead make a solemn affirmation.

             (2)  A person who intentionally makes a false affirmation is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to the punishment that that person would have been liable to if he or she had been convicted of the crime of perjury.

             (3)  An affirmation made under this section shall be in the following form:

                      "I, A.B., solemnly affirm" and then proceed with the words of the oath prescribed by law omitting words of imprecation or calling to witness.

RSN1970 c277 ss3&4

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Validity of oath

        4. Where an oath has been administered and taken, the fact that the person to whom the oath was administered had, at the time of taking it, no religious belief, shall not affect the validity of the oath.

RSN1970 c277 s5

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Form of affirmation

        5. A written affirmation shall start:

                      "I, . . . . . . . . . . . ., of . . . . . . . . . . . ., solemnly affirm," and the form shall be: "Affirmed at . . . . . . . . . ., this . . . . . day of . . . . . . . ., 19 . . . ., before me.".

RSN1970 c277 s6