Oaths and Declarations Act 1957

4 Right to make affirmation instead of oath


Every person shall be entitled as of right to make his affirmation, instead of taking an oath, in all places and for all purposes where an oath is required by law, and every such affirmation shall be of the same force and effect as an oath.


Every such affirmation shall be as follows: “I, AB, solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm,” and shall then proceed with the words of the oath prescribed by law, omitting any words of imprecation or calling to witness.


Every affirmation in writing shall begin, “I, AB, of [specify], solemnly and sincerely affirm”; and the form instead of jurat shall be, “Affirmed at [place, date] before me.”

Compare: 1908 No 56 s 50; 1908 No 151 s 11; New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 s 47 (UK)