Posts Tagged ‘oaths of office’

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

Friday, January 27th, 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 the duties of the office. A number of statutes echo this requirement. For example, G.S. […]

Voting Rules, Monuments, and Beehives: Miscellaneous Changes to Local Government Laws

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

It is an understatement to say that this year’s session of the General Assembly produced legislation of interest to local governments.  Some of that legislation has been discussed by my colleagues elsewhere on Coates’ Canons.  (See, for example, here, here, here, and here.) This blog post examines a handful of largely unrelated legislative changes that […]

What’s a “Public Office”?

Wednesday, February 17th, 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 may be trying to determine whether certain positions may be held simultaneously under North Carolina’s […]

Oaths of Office: How Many and By Whom?

Friday, November 13th, 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 States and of North Carolina.  Obviously, any person elected or appointed to an office must […]

Filing oaths of office

Thursday, September 24th, 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.”  Where, he wanted to know, was the proper office for filing an oath.  After all, […]