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The Most Common Oaths of Office Question

August 4, 2022

Does this person need to take an oath of office? This is by far the most frequent oaths of office question I receive. My colleagues Trey Allen and David Lawrence have written excellent blogs (here and here) on this very … Continued

Are Remote Oaths of Office Allowed?

March 2, 2022

[EDIT: On July 8th, 2022, Session Law 2022-54 was enacted and made several key changes to remote oath administration by notaries. See Sections 10B-25 and 10B-31 for these changes. This new law governs whether and how notaries may administer remote … Continued

One Oath or Two? What is THE Oath of Office?

January 27, 2017

Article VI, Section 7 of the North Carolina Constitution instructs anyone elected or appointed to public office in this state to take and subscribe – that is, swear (or affirm) and sign – the oath prescribed therein before entering upon … Continued

What’s a “Public Office”?

February 17, 2010

What’s a “Public Office”? I am often asked to explain what it means to hold a public office. The questioner is sometimes trying to decide whether a particular person must take an oath, which is required of public office-holders.  Or, the person … Continued

Oaths of Office: How Many and By Whom?

November 13, 2009

Article VI, section 7 of the State Constitution sets out an oath of office that is to be taken by any person elected or appointed to a public office, basically swearing to uphold the constitution and laws of the United … Continued

Filing oaths of office

September 24, 2009

An attorney called recently and asked about G.S. 14-229.  That section prohibits a person from entering upon the duties of a public office without taking and subscribing the oath of office and then filing the oath “in the proper office.”  … Continued