Oaths and Declarations Act 1957

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Version as at 30 November 2022

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Oaths and Declarations Act 1957

Public Act
1957 No 88
Date of assent
24 October 1957
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
3Form in which oath may be administered
4Right to make affirmation instead of oath
4AOaths and affirmations in Māori
5Oath not affected by absence of religious belief
6Unlawful administration of oaths
7Persons may make declarations
8Manner of making declarations
9Declarations made in New Zealand
10Commonwealth representatives may administer oaths
11Declarations made outside New Zealand
12Oaths and declarations of servicemen outside New Zealand
13Witnesses under 12 may make declarations
14Who may administer oaths
15Mode of administration if not objected to
16Witness may be sworn in Scots form
17Oath of allegiance
18Judicial oath
19Executive Councillor’s oath
20Parliamentary Under-Secretary’s oath
21Official oath
22By whom oath of allegiance and judicial oath to be taken
23By whom oath of allegiance and Executive Councillor’s oath to be taken
24By whom Parliamentary Under-Secretary’s oath to be taken
25By whom official oath to be taken [Repealed]
26Effect of neglecting to take oath
27Oath of allegiance not to be taken except under this Act and other specified Acts
28Declarations instead of oaths in certain cases
29Saving as to certain oaths
30Saving as to persons already holding offices
31Certain United Kingdom Acts to cease to have effect as part of the law of New Zealand
32Repeals and savings

An Act to consolidate and amend certain enactments of the Parliament of New Zealand relating to oaths, affirmations, and declarations

Title: amended, on 1 January 1987, pursuant to section 29(2) of the Constitution Act 1986 (1986 No 114).