A client needs to swear an affidavit. Can a solicitor colleague administer the oath?

My client needs to swear an affidavit for a litigation matter. Can a solicitor in another department administer the oath?

The Civil Procedure Rules Practice Direction 32 provides that "an affidavit must be sworn before a person independent of the parties or their representatives".

Further, section 183(3) of the Legal Services Act 2007 provides that "a relevant authorised person may not carry on the administration of oaths in any proceedings in which that person represents any of the parties or is interested".

In the circumstances, as your firm represents this client, you should advise your client to go to an independent firm or court-appointed official to have the affidavit sworn.


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