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What is a Commissioner of Oaths?

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A commissioner of oaths is someone who can to certify the authenticity of certain documents.

What is a commissioner of oaths?

A commissioner of oaths is an individual authorised to verify or certify the authenticity of legal documents, administer oaths, and affirmations.

They are regulated under South African law to prevent fraud and perjury, ensuring the integrity of legal documents and proceedings.

Who is a commissioner of oaths?

Certain roles or professionals are automatically commissioners of oaths by virtue of their office. This includes:
Police officers
Government officials
Legal professionals
Chartered accountants (CAs)

What are the duties of a commissioner of oaths?

The main duty of a commissioner of oaths is to ensure that sworn statements or affidavits are truthfully made by signatories in their presence.

In the context of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), they can also certify IDs, passports and other supporting documents.

Updated on: 05/03/2024

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