One hundred years ago: “Kissing the book”

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:667

We are glad to see that some progress is being made towards the abolition of the uncleanly and dangerous English practice of administering the oath by requiring a witness to “kiss the Book.” At first many judges appeared to be unaware of the existence of the Oaths Act, 1888, and often refused to allow witnesses to be sworn in what is called the Scotch fashion prescribed by that Act. From a note in the Daily Mail of March 15th we learn that Judge Bacon, in the …

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