15 September 2019
By Bryan Smyth
A Commissioner for Oaths is a person appointed by the Chief Justice (of the Supreme Court) authorised to witness the signing of legal documents. Examples are Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, and Certified / True Copies, and the generally witnessing signatures for any purpose.
People may need the services of a Commissioner for Oaths if they are giving evidence on affidavit for court proceedings in Ireland; or making an affirmation, declaration, acknowledgement, examination, or attestation for the purpose of court proceedings, or for the purposes of registration of documents.
The functions of a Commissioner for Oaths are to make sure that the evidence in question is in written form in the draft affidavit; to establish that the person before him or her has read that draft affidavit and fully understands the contents; to require the person to swear that the affidavit is true; and to verify that the affidavit is properly sworn.
A Commissioner for Oaths is not paid by the state, instead a Commissioner charges a fee to the service user. David O’Sullivan is a Cork Commissioner for Oaths, who specialises in a convenient evening service. He can be contacted at www.CommissionerForOaths.ie