I swear that the current procedure for taking oaths in court needs reform


Do you object to swearing an oath on the Bible? Sorry, I hope that question didn’t put you off your stride when settling down to read this article. It’s the same question witnesses are asked when they’re about to give evidence in criminal trials.

The Magistrates Association recently rejected a proposal to abolish this practice. David Pannick QC, writing in The Times recently, took the view that the magistrates got it wrong. I’d have to say I agree.