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Paganism is a recognised faith in all courts run by Her Majesty's Court & Tribunal Services (HMCTS).

 

Paganism is featured in the latest edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book, which used by the judiciary to ensure the fair and equal treatment of all persons involved in the courts, whether they are a member of staff, a witness, a victim or a defendant.

The Pagan Oath is:

 

"I swear, by all that I hold sacred, that the evidence I give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth".

 

There have been some reported issues with courts not having the oath available, and others being refused access to it; if you have any issues please contact us.

 

    •   All courts run by HMCTS must, by law, allow access to the Pagan Oath to those wishing to use it.

 

    •   The court usher should have access to the cue cards within the court which must include the Pagan Oath.

 

    •   It is advisable to notify the usher, or another member of court staff, that you wish to use the Pagan Oath before taking the stand.

 

    •   The presiding Judge or Magistrate reserves the right to refuse access to an oath, and can insist that an affirmation is used instead  

        - this only happens in very rare circumstances and applies to anyone, regardless of their faith or belief.

 

If you have any issues in relation to the Pagan Oath please contact us. Alternatively you can contact the Court Manager, The HMCTS Diversity Team, or the Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC).

 

Those swearing on the Pagan Oath do not need to use a book when doing so. Some practitioners may choose to do so on a book with significant spiritual meaning to them, but permission must be sought from the court usher before doing so.

 

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