Commissioner of Oaths – Affidavit and certified copy services in the UAE
A Commissioner of Oaths is a person empowered under the law of a common law jurisdiction, in the case of a practising attorney, to administer and witness the swearing of oaths by deponents making an affidavit for a potential legal process or matter.
The commissioner does not certify the truth of the statements contained in a document; which remains the responsibility of deponent but administers the oath or declaration in the manner prescribed by law. The commissioner will certify the proper administration of the affirmation, including that the deponent understands the contents of their testimony, has no objection to taking the oath and considers such oath solemn and binding on their conscience.
Commissioners of Oath are also empowered to certify true copies of documents and authenticate identity in the form of identification documents or passports for use outside of the UAE. A commissioner is also able to authenticate travel consent forms and other legal documents as necessary.
The deponent must be physically present at the appointment, and the commissioner must be satisfied with the authenticity of the deponent’s identity and signature.
Affidavits and certification of true copies for use within the UAE however is a matter for the UAE Courts. Our lawyers can advise of alternate solutions depending on your circumstances and requirements.
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