A new oath and affirmation for interpreters and anyone giving evidence

Posted on 02 Feb 2018

Interpreters and people giving evidence can make a simpler promise to tell the truth at VCAT hearings, beginning Monday 12 February 2018.

We’ve changed the wording of our oath and affirmation and how these are given, to be more accessible and inclusive of all people - regardless of their religion or whether they hold religious beliefs. 

An oath refers to religious beliefs, while an affirmation does not. Anyone giving evidence or interpreting at VCAT can choose which option they prefer.

People giving an oath no longer have to hold a religious text – though they can ask to do so. This is consistent with the Evidence Act 2008.

A VCAT representative shows each person giving an oath or affirmation how to make the promise.

From 12 February, anyone giving evidence will be asked to use the following words:

Oath
I promise by my religious beliefs that the evidence I give will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Affirmation
I promise that the evidence I give will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Interpreters will be asked to say:

Oath
I promise by my religious beliefs that I will well and truly interpret the evidence that will be given and do all other matters and things that are required of me in this case to the best of my ability.

Affirmation
I promise that I will well and truly interpret the evidence that will be given and do all other matters and things that are required of me in this case to the best of my ability.


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