J.P. oath to Crown
An Indian friend wants to become a Justice of the Peace (J.P.) and he asked for my advice and help. So I took time and reviewed the information available on-line.
I was intrigued by the oath of allegiance and the judicial oath.
Here’s an extract:
In taking the oath or affirmation of allegiance, you promise that you:
…will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law…
Further, in taking the judicial oath or affirmation, you promise to:
…well and truly serve our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth the
Second, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law, in the office of
Justice of the Peace for the State of South Australia, and I will do right
to all manner of people after the laws and usages of this State, without
fear or favour, affection or ill will…
Nothing wrong with that; just traditional oaths to the Crown that go with a position (of law enforcer) that started in 1361 during the reign of Edward III (in England). The Republican J.P.s in Australia surely must have mumbled that oath when taking office.
Then again, if we accept any public office role, then we are obliged to accept the traditional oaths and uphold them.