The admissibility of polygraph evidence in English criminal proceedings

Stockdale, Michael and Grubin, Don (2012) The admissibility of polygraph evidence in English criminal proceedings. The Journal of Criminal Law, 76 (3). pp. 232-253. ISSN 0022-0183

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1350/jcla.2012.76.3.771

Abstract

The belief that polygraph evidence is inadmissible in English criminal proceedings has as its basis a variety of common law exclusionary evidential rules. In reality, this view is backed up by very little English case law. Further, several of the relevant common law rules have been modified by statute, have become obsolescent or, dependent upon circumstances, may not always exclude polygraph. Moreover, it is necessary to distinguish expert evidence based on the pass-fail results of a polygraph examination (which, if admissible at all, would appear only to be admissible in very limited circumstances) from evidence of statements made by the subject of the polygraph examination (which may be admissible in a wider variety of circumstances).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 01 May 2012 19:39
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6595

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