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(1)Any oath may be administered and taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland in the following form and manner:—
The person taking the oath shall hold the New Testament, or, in the case of a Jew, the Old Testament, in his uplifted hand, and shall say or repeat after the officer administering the oath the words “I swear by Almighty God that . . . . . .”, followed by the words of the oath prescribed by law.
(2)The officer shall (unless the person about to take the oath voluntarily objects thereto, or is physically incapable of so taking the oath) administer the oath in the form and manner aforesaid without question.
(3)In the case of a person who is neither a Christian nor a Jew, the oath shall be administered in any lawful manner.
(4)In this section “officer” means any person duly authorised to administer oaths.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
In the following provisions, namely—
(a)section 28(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963 M1 ; and
(b)section 56(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 M2
(each of which prescribes the form of oath for use in juvenile courts and by children and young persons in other courts) for the words “section 2 of the Oaths Act 1909” there shall be substituted the words “section 1 of the Oaths Act 1978”.
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