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Senior magistrate calls for removal of courtroom Bibles

A senior magistrate wants all Bibles to be removed from Victorian courtrooms because “they are relics from another time”.

The magistrate likened the Bible to the gavel, wig, quill and ink and said they “belong in a museum, not a modern court”, according to a story published in the Herald Sun.

The call follows changes made last year to Victoria’s laws relating to oaths.

Then Attorney-General Martin Pakula said the updates would make the legal system “fairer and more equal” and ensure people were not discouraged from giving evidence by the formal wording of an oath or affirmation.

A spokesman for the Magistrates’ Court said there was no move to remove Bibles “at this stage”.

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