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An affirmation is when a someone swears to tell the truth before giving evidence to the court.

Anyone who gives evidence can choose between an oath (which is made on a religious book) or an affirmation (non-religious).  When a child gives evidence in the youth court or in an adult court they promise to tell the truth (instead of swearing).1


  1. Section 28(1) Children and Young Persons Act 1963  (back)