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55. Lies and Law

15 Mar

FACT: ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ is a phrase originating from the English judiciary system, it being the simplest way to ensure that people know that they cannot lie in court.

In fact there was no law against lying in court until the 1600’s in England, because they believed that the fear of god would be more than enough to stop anyone from lying in court.

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Trivia

 

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2 responses to “55. Lies and Law

  1. Jules

    March 21, 2011 at 11:44

    I am preparing for a lawsuit against a lawyer who impersonated his clients in a written submission containing multiple lies to a tribunal. He is seeking to throw the case out, hiding behind the doctines of “witness immunity” (one cannot be sued for lying in court) and “absolute privlege” (no matter how illegal a lawyer acts in court he cannot be sued). I would love to know the details of your post regarding the origin of the law against lying in court, including references (authorities) if you have them.

     
    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      March 21, 2011 at 17:25

      To the full extent of my knowledge I do believe the law was introduced merely because people were lying more and becoming caught. Once this became apparent the law was changed to ensure that they couldn’t get away with it. Beyond this I know very little of the subject, especially with regards to those whom practice law as I believe they may have their own set of laws to govern them which are starkly different to those for the standard civilian.

      I wish I could help but my specialty is science and any advice I could give you may not be totally correct.

       

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