Polygraph testing is currently being used to determine whether sex offenders are ready to be released from prison and will continue to be used as a
pilot in certain areas of England and Wales for two more years. Whether this will alter the opinion on court use remains to be seen. Lie detector
results can be admissible in some tribunal and civil cases, but their introduction into criminal courts would require legislation.
As far as I know, polygraphs are normally used to pressure a person and give the 'interrogator' an idea of what avenues to probe etc ... From what
I've seen they at least require a skilled operator.
reply to post by adjensen
I'm not sure that would be the best approach if you're saying it would be best to ask to be sworn in in private? (I think it's pretty obvious the
OP knows about affirming) Most judges I've seen would not be particularly pleased with the idea of having to step out of their way to do anything
really. I mean ask your lawyer but ...
I'm from a different country but with a similar system. I've been sworn in as juror and witness. I've seen courts do oaths and affirmations in
slightly different ways, I've yet to see a judge pleased when someone gets creative. The courtrooms I've been in, the judges get very particular
from choosing the number of jurors to telling the person in the third row to take their shades off their head and learn some respect.
One particular case I was involved in was against a sex offender. One juror was very upset and didn't want to continue. The juror asked to be
excused, and the judge insisted repeatedly on knowing why publicly. It was incredibly inconsiderate, and prior to proceedings the jury was told if
they had reasons for not wanting to take part such as personal experiences it could be handled in private. The same judge got aggravated over another
person asking for a different holy book to swear over (you're meant to give 24hrs notice here). As a witness I'm loathed to do anything that
attracts me undue attention or gets me flustered; judges are quite rude persons in my experience.
Honestly, I think it's better to not make it a big deal and keep the court staff on side, since they're the ones that can fluster you the most if
they get cranky.