17 September 2019

BSB Handbook Explained: Rules about having a valid practising certificate in order to administer oaths

We would like to remind you that the administration of oaths is a reserved legal activity under the Legal Services Act 2007.

You are therefore required to hold a current practising certificate in order to undertake this service. Carrying on the activity when not authorised to do so is an offence under the Act.

If you hold a valid practising certificate as a barrister, you will automatically be authorised to undertake the administration of oaths. (Rule S67 of the BSB Handbook).