Nova Scotia Commissioners of Oaths

Commissioners of Oaths

Some kinds of legal documents are evidence in a Court if it is shown that the party who made them swore or affirmed their truth. The oath or affirmation is taken by a Commissioner of Oaths. An affidavit is a statement of facts which the maker swears to be true. An affirmation is also a statement of facts but the maker affirms instead of swears it to be true. A declaration includes an affidavit or an affirmation.

The Minister of Justice appoints Commissioners of Oaths under the authority of the Notaries and Commissioners Act. A Commissioner of Oaths is deemed to be an officer of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Commissioners take declarations concerning any matter to come before a court in the Province.

In addition to appointments, some professionals are automatically Commissioners of Oaths, including barristers of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Canadian Armed Forces officers on active duty, MLAs, municipal chiefs of police, all RCMP members and funeral directors.

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Inquiries

5151 Terminal Road
P.O. Box 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6
Phone: (902) 424-4030
Email: justweb@gov.ns.ca