Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Saving of certain proceedings.

3. Authority to administer oaths.

4. Oaths to be made by witnesses.

5. Exemptions.

6. Forms of Oaths Affirmation.

7. Power of court to cause certain oaths to be tendered.

8. Court may ask party or witness whether he will make oath proposed by opposite party.

9. Proceedings and evidence not to be invalidated by omission of oath or irregularity.

10. Persons giving evidence bound to state the truth.

11. Summary punishment for giving false evidence in open court.

12. Commissioners for Oaths.

13. False oath or affidavit before a Commissioner or Justice of the Peace.

9 of 1895,

22 of 1915,

13 of 1954.

AN ORDINANCE to consolidate the law relating to oaths and affirmations in judicial proceedings and for other purposes.

[Date of Commencement: 15th May, 1896]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Oaths Ordinance.

2. Saving of certain proceedings.

Nothing herein contained applies to proceedings before courts-martial.

3. Authority to administer oaths.

All courts and persons having by law or consent of parties authority to receive evidence are authorised to administer by themselves, or by an officer empowered by them in this behalf, oaths and affirmations in discharge of the duties or in exercise of the powers conferred upon-them respectively by law.

4. Oaths to be made by witnesses.

(1) Subject to the provisions of the next following section oaths shall be made by the following persons—

(a) all witnesses, that is to say, all persons who may be lawfully examined, or give or be required to give evidence by or before any court or person having by law or consent of parties authority to examine such persons, or to receive evidence;

(b) interpreters of questions put to, and evidence given by witnesses; and

(c) jurors.

(2) Nothing herein contained shall render it necessary to administer to the official interpreter of any court, after he has entered on the execution of the duties of his office, an oath that he will faithfully discharge those duties.

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