On 31 July, McCarthy & Co, solicitors, published an article on the outcome of a campaign to allow people to complete affidavits without having to take religious oaths or to have to state whether they held religious beliefs and what those beliefs (or lack of them) were for the purposes of completing essential legal documentation. It is said that this issue was rendered urgent by the Covid-19 crisis as affidavits sworn on oath cannot be completed remotely and this requires physical close meetings of multiple parties which involves unnecessary risk of infection in the context of a pandemic. The Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 contains the necessary provisions.  The firm says that now that statements of truth are on the way, the challenge now is to make them available for use by everyone in all forms of legal proceedings and transactions.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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