Lying in court

Lying in Court: Laws and Penalties for Perjury

September 21, 2016

When someone is asked to give testimony in a court of law, they are expected to do so in total honesty. In fact, they are legally required to do so when they swear before the court to tell “the truth and nothing but the truth.” Lying or obscuring the truth while under oath in court can land someone in serious legal trouble.

The testimony that is given in court may be the most compelling evidence in a legal case. Even if testimony is only a small part of the case, it can still have a huge effect on the outcome of the proceedings. For this reason, the legal system treats instances of perjury very seriously and committing this crime can be severely punished.