RULE 603. OATH OR AFFIRMATION
Before testifying, every witness must be required to declare that the witness will testify truthfully, by oath or affirmation administered in a form calculated to awaken the witness' conscience and impress the witness' mind with the duty to do so.
This rule makes no change in present North Dakota practice. Section 31-01-22, N.D.C.C., requires that a witness make an oath or affirmation before testifying and Rule 43, N.D.R.Civ.P., provides that whenever an oath is required an affirmation may be substituted.
Rule 603 was amended, effective March 1, 1990. The amendments are technical in nature and no substantive change is intended.
SOURCES: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes: March 24-25, 1988, page 12; December 3, 1987, page 15; April 8, 1976, page 27. Rule 603, Federal Rules of Evidence; Rule 603, SBAND proposal.
CONSIDERED: § 31-02-22, N.D.C.C. RULES:
CONSIDERED: Rule 43(d), N.D.R.Civ.P.
CROSS REFERENCE: Rule 6.10, N.D.R.Ct.