OATHS OF OFFICE – OATHS AND AFFIRMATIONS

 

Oaths of office – Oaths or Affirmations
Oaths Or Affirmation – Certification Required With Deed May party affirm instead of swear? Authorities shown allowing affirmation. Also form for certification required with deed re: selling price.  
OATHS OF OFFICE – Twelve Oaths For Use by Judges
 
 
Standard Constitutional Oath – Oath Given To All Officers, Judges & Attorneys
This oath is administered to members of the General Assembly and all officers (including judges) before they enter upon the execution of the duties of their respective offices, and all members of the bar, before they enter upon the practice of their profession:
 
(This is found in Section 228 of Kentucky Constitution.)
 
I do solemnly swear (or affirm as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I remain a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute , to the best of my ability, the office of________________________________, according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this state, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, or have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, or aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.
 
This is an optional oath that Judges may choose to take in addition to the constitutional oath.
I, _______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice, without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as judge, according to the best of my abilities.
 
 
Standard oath to administer to witnesses.
Do you swear or affirm that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? (so help you god is sometimes added)
(A witness is to be sworn in such form as the witness considers binding on their conscience, and which will impress upon them the importance of telling the truth. Com. V. Jarboe, 193 SW 653 (1917)
 
Oath for judge to recognize witnesses and order them to reappear with the service of further process.
Do you recognize yourself indebted to the Commonwealth of Ky. in the penal sum of $100 To be void upon your reappearance in this court at the hour of _____am/pm on the ___day of _______, 2____, to appear as a witness for ___(plaintiff)___(defendant)___(commonwealth)___?
 
 
Oath given to petit juror prior to their examination on Voir Dire.
Do you swear or affirm that you will make true answers to such questions that may be asked of you, concerning your qualifications to sit as a juror in the case of ______vs.______?
 
 
Oath given to petit juror to try the case – after they are selected.
Do you swear that you will impartially try the case between the parties and give a true verdict
according to the evidence and the law, unless dismissed by the court?
 
 
Additional oath given to Sheriff’s and Deputy Sheriff’s when they are sworn into office.
 
Given by County Judge/Executive pursuant to KRS 70.010
 
I,_______, do solemnly swear that I will do right, as well to the poor as to the rich, in all things belonging to my office as sheriff, that I will do no wrong to anyone for any gift, reward or promise, nor for favor or hatred and in all things I will faithfully and impartially execute the duties of my office according to the best of my skill and judgment, so help me god.
 
 
Oath given to Bailiff’s in addition to constitutional oath and sheriff’s oath.
Do you swear or affirm as a bailiff in charge of a jury of the ___(county)__(dist./circuit)___court
You shall not allow any communications to be made to a jury under your charge, nor make any Yourself, except to ask them if they have agreed upon a verdict unless by order of the court; and do you further swear or affirm that you will not, before their verdict is rendered, communicate to any person the state of their deliberations or the verdict agreed upon?
 
 
Simple oath to Bailiff given when jury is sent to deliberate.
Do you swear to do your duty to conduct the jury to the jury room and see that they are not interfered with by anyone, and until they knock on the door with a verdict?
 
 
Oath given to bailiff – when jury is taken to view the scene.
Do you swear or affirm that as a bailiff in charge of this jury of the _____ ____ Court, you shall not allow any communications to be made to the jury under your charge either in going to or coming from or while at ( describe the location or scene to be viewed) nor will you make any yourself, unless otherwise ordered by the court; and do you further swear or affirm that during this time you will not communicate anything of their deliberations or of the verdict agreed upon to any person?
 
 
Oath given to interpreter
Do you swear or affirm that you will faithfully and truly interpret the English language into the ______language, and the ______language into the English language, regarding all questions and
answers given while serving as interpreter of this court?
 
 
Supreme Court Rule 2.540. Limited student practice.  – (Oath Follows)
 
Any student who has successfully completed two-thirds of the academic hour requirement for the first degree in law at an approved law school and is participating in a law school sponsored clinic, intern, extern, or public service program may provide legal services to, and may appear in any proceeding in any court of this state on behalf of any person financially unable to employ counsel, or, on behalf of the Commonwealth or the United States’ Attorney provided:
(a) Such student is providing such services to, or appearing in such proceeding on behalf of, a person assigned to the student through a clinic, intern, extern, or public service program operated by an approved law school under the direction of a full or part time law school director.
(b) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, the dean of the student’s law school, and the director of the law school program in which such student is participating, have filed written approval of such student with the clerk of the Supreme Court, the clerk of the courts before which the student is to appear, and the clerk of the circuit court in the county wherein the student’s law school is located.
(c) A member in good standing of the bar of this state personally supervises all activities of the student in each case, with the exception that the student may consult with the client or potential clients, but may not advise, negotiate or appear alone in administrative proceedings or in the courts of this state in civil or criminal matters without personal appearance and supervision by a member in good standing of the bar of this state, and as otherwise provided in this Rule.
 
In all criminal cases involving crime for which the defendant may be punished by a fine of more than $500.00 or by confinement for more than twelve months, personal supervision of the activities of the student requires that a member in good standing of the bar of this state be present for all proceedings which take place before a judge.
 
In the defense of any criminal case which involves a crime for which the defendant may be punished by a fine of more than $500.00 or be confinement for more than twelve months, and which is to be prosecuted in a county not having a formal public defender program, the attorney who is to supervise the student must be appointed by the judge of the court before whom the cause is pending.
 
No student authorized to perform legal services under this Rule shall ask for or receive any compensation or remuneration of any kind for the services. This Rule does not prevent a law school from awarding scholarships or fellowships to a law student authorized to perform legal services under this Rule.
 
Unless earlier revoked, approval to perform legal services under this Rule shall be effective until the Monday following the distribution of results of the first bar examination for which an approved law graduate could be admitted to practice under the Rules of the Court.
Any student authorized to perform legal services under this Rule must subscribe to the following oath.
 
OATH OF LEGAL INTERN UNDER STUDENT PRACTICE RULE
I, _________________, do solemnly swear that I will, as a Legal Intern, support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Kentucky; that cognizant of the trust placed in me and the responsibility it carries, I will conduct myself in all matters to the extent given me as an officer of the court with the utmost fidelity toward the court and all persons whose affairs are in any way entrusted to me; that I will neither take part in deception of the court, nor allow deception to take place, and should any be practiced will inform the court; that I will accept no remuneration for services performed as a Legal Intern except those specifically provided by the Rules of the Supreme Court; that I subscribe to and will abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the Supreme Court of Kentucky; and that I will so exercise these privileges given me that it may be alike useful in the service of justice and in my preparation to assume full responsibility later as a member of the bar.
 
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