• Current through October 23, 2012

(a) All evidence shall be given under oath according to the forms of the common law.

(b) A witness who has conscientious scruples against taking an oath, may, in lieu thereof, solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm. Where an application, statement, or declaration is required to be supported or verified by an oath, the affirmation is the equivalent of an oath.

(c) Whoever swears, affirms, declares, or gives testimony in any form, where an oath is authorized by law, is lawfully sworn, and is guilty of perjury in a case where he would be guilty of that crime if sworn according to the forms of the common law.

(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 517, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 14-101.

1973 Ed., § 14-101.

Miscellaneous Notes

Section 26 of D.C. Law 15-354 provides that Title 14 is designated Title 14 of the District of Columbia Official Code.