Last revised May 14, 2020

Barristers' and solicitors' oath

Section 2-84 of the Law Society of British Columbia Rules requires any lawyer who is called to the Bar of British Columbia and admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court to take a barristers' and solicitors' oath in a form approved by the Benchers.  The current form was adopted by the Benchers in April 1993 in response to a proposal to eliminate the requirement to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.  Click for a copy of the Benchers' minutes and the current Barristers' and Solicitors' Oath.

The oath that was used prior to April 1993 is contained in the Professional Conduct Handbook, 1988-1992 (p. 1).

Oaths of office for Parliament (Federal)

Oaths of office for Parliament (BC)

Oaths of Office (Vancouver)

Commissioners for Oaths

  • Canada Evidence Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-5, s. 13 - who can administer oaths
  • Evidence Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 124, s. 56 - Appointment of commissioners for taking affidavits
  • Evidence Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 124, s. 59 - Powers of commissioners
  • Evidence Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 124, s. 60  - Commissioners because of office or employment

Public Service Oath

Judges Oath

Interpreters Oath

Stenographers' Oaths

Juror's Oaths (Canada)

  • Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c C-46, s 631(4)
    • the clerk will swear the jury and any other person providing support, but the nature of the oath to be sworn is not specified

Juror's Oaths (BC)

  • Jury Act, RSBC 1996, c 242, s 18
    • the court must administer an oath
  • Jury Act, RSBC 1996, c 242, s 32
    • allows a juror to make a solemn affirmation or declaration rather than being sworn
  • Evidence Act, RSBC 1996, c 124, s 20
    • allows for affirmations rather than religious oaths

Witness' Oath

Uncommon Oaths