SANDAKAN: The existing laws need to be amended if polygraph tests are to be used to prove cases in courts, says Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
The Chief Justice said the judiciary had never thought of using polygraph tests but if there were suggestions on the matter, the first step should be to look into the legal process of getting evidence in court.
“We have to see if it involves the provisions of existing laws, which have to be amended as the process of getting evidence in court now comes under the Evidence Act 1950.
“If there is something new to be implemented in court involving the evidence of witnesses, we have to see if there is a need to amend existing laws, ” she said during her visit to the Sandakan court yesterday.
On Oct 14, National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed proposed the use of polygraph tests, a device to record physiological indicators to detect deceptive answers in court, but left it to the judiciary to evaluate them.
On her visit, she said she was satisfied with the court’s performance, including in hearing cases in Beluran, Kinabatangan and Telupid.“There are not many outstanding cases here. There are only three as the Federal Court ruled that these cases have to be transferred back here, ” she added.
Tengku Maimun said it was her second visit to Sandakan after 14 years since her appointment as Federal Court Chief Registrar and that she was involved in preparations for the official opening of the Sandakan court building.
She is also scheduled to participate in the Mobile Court programme in Paitan today.
“I feel that the Mobile Court in the interior areas of Sabah is a noble effort. I should be involved as a sign of appreciation for what the courts in Sabah and Sarawak are doing, ” she said. — Bernama