You asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):
“MOJ, hi, your freedom of information reply was most appreciated; Upon further research, of the links MOJ provide above, it appears that the Promissory Oaths Act 1868 section 4 is still in force; Please apologise for the MOJ providing the inaccurate information above; Please treat the following as a freedom of information request --- What is the current actual wording of the Promissory Oaths Act 1868 section 4 without reference to any internet links i.e. i require the wording of section 4 to be reproduced in your MOJ reply because the MOJ is required to have access to the actual wording, of current Parliamentary primary legislation, from some appropriate department within the MOJ. Warm thanks; x Begum Jan” Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I can confirm that the department holds information that you have asked for, and I am pleased to provide this to you.
You asked for the wording of section 4 from the Promissory Oaths Act 1868. The text of section 4 reads:
4. The Oath in the Act referred to as the Judicial Oath shall be in the Form following; that is to say, ‘I, , do swear that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria in the Office of , and I will do Right to all Manner of People after the Laws and Usages of this Realm, without Fear or Favour, Affection or Illwill. So help me GOD.’ Please note that Section 4 of the Promissory Oaths Act 1868 is available on legislation.gov.uk, and is therefore already in the public domain.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/31-32/72/section/4 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/31-32/72/part/1 There is also a link to the original print version which has been in force from July 31, 1868 to present.
On Legislation.gov.uk, there is a note showing that the section was repealed by Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 s.86, Sch13 as of 15.10.2002.