religious beliefs not or should not, affect testifying accurately or honestly,,, the right hand on a bible is just symbolism
yep,, I did the same,, the couple of x's I was called to testify ( not in traffic court lol )
There are provisions for non-religious oath taking. Making a solemn promise to tell the truth is legally acceptable and binding.
Not necessarily. Just because you are an Athiest, doesn't automatically make you a liar. If the court makes you place your hand on a bible, and swear, and you don't believe in the bible, it doesn't mean you lied. They could as easily have you swear on a dictionary, and it would still be as binding. I don't know why they still insist on using the bible or any religious text for swearing in. Whatever happened to separation of state and church?
There is no requirement to place your hand on a religious text and swear to a god. Your word to swear to tell the truth and only the truth is as legally binding and purjory has the same consequences.
That's what I would think. So, can you just say 'no I won't place my hand on a bible'? I am in Canada, and I have no idea how the courts work here, let alone anywhere else.
you just beat the system...... ;)