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An Act to consolidate the law relating to commissioners for oaths.
Commissioners for Oaths (Advocates) Act
Commenced on 23 November 1950
[Up to date as at 31 December 2000]
[Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda.]
1. Appointment of practising advocates as commissioners for oaths
(1)The Chief Justice may, from time to time, by commission signed by him or her appoint persons being practising advocates who have practised as such for not less than two years in Uganda immediately prior to making any application for appointment and who are certified to be fit and proper persons by two other practising advocates to be commissioners for oaths, and may revoke any such appointment; but the power to revoke a commission shall not be exercised till the commissioner in question has been given an opportunity of being heard against any such order of revocation.(2)Each commission signed as provided in subsection (1) by which any commissioner for oaths shall be appointed shall bear a revenue stamp of the value of sixty shillings to be paid for by the commissioner for oaths named in the commission; but no other charge or fee shall be made or be payable in respect of the appointment or in respect of anything requisite to be done to perfect it.(3)After the commission shall have been duly signed and stamped as provided in subsections (1) and (2), the appointment of the person named in it as a commissioner for oaths shall be immediately published in the Gazette.(4)Each commission shall immediately terminate on the holder ceasing to practise as an advocate.
2. Every commissioner for oaths on appointment to sign a roll
Every advocate appointed a commissioner for oaths shall, on appointment, sign a roll which shall be kept by the chief registrar of the High Court.
3. Magistrates and registrar to have, virtute officii, powers of a commissioner for oaths
Every magistrate and the chief registrar of the High Court (which expression shall include deputy and district registrars) shall have, virtute officii, all the powers and duties of a commissioner for oaths.
4. Powers of a commissioner for oaths
(1)A commissioner for oaths may, by virtue of his or her commission, in any part of Uganda, administer any oath or take any affidavit for the purpose of any court or matter in Uganda, including matters ecclesiastical, matters relating to the registration of any instrument, whether under an Act or otherwise, and take any bail or recognisance in or for the purpose of any civil proceeding in the High Court or any magistrate’s court; except that a commissioner for oaths shall not exercise any of the powers given by this section in any proceeding or matter in which he or she is the advocate for any of the parties to the proceeding or concerned in the matter or clerk to any such advocate or in which he or she is interested.(2)For the avoidance of doubt, a commissioner for oaths may take and receive a statutory declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act; and accordingly, any reference to an oath in this Act shall, with the necessary modifications, include a reference to a statutory declaration.(3)A commissioner for oaths shall, in the exercise of any of the powers mentioned in subsections (1) and (2), be entitled to charge and be paid such fees as may be authorised by any rules made under section 7.
5. Particulars to be stated in jurat or attestation clause
Every commissioner for oaths before whom any oath or affidavit is taken or made under this Act shall state truly in the jurat or attestation at what place and on what date the oath or affidavit is taken or made.
6. Penalty for unlawfully practising
Any person who holds himself or herself out as a commissioner for oaths or receives any fee or reward as a commissioner for oaths when he or she is not a commissioner for oaths duly appointed as such in accordance with this Act commits an offence and, in addition to any other penalty or punishment to which he or she may be liable by any law in force, is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding six hundred shillings and for a second offence in addition to any other penalty or punishment stipulated in this section is liable to a fine of two thousand shillings or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.
(1)The Chief Justice may from time to time make rules for better carrying into effect this Act and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing may make rules in respect of all or any of the following matters—(a)the method of application for a commission;(b)the form of commission;(c)the matters to be observed before taking any oath in relation to deponents and documents;(d)the forms of jurat and identification of exhibits;(e)the matters in respect of which fees may be charged and the amount of the fees.(2)The rules in the Schedule to this Act shall be deemed to have been made under the power conferred by subsection (1).