- Lancaster County Court House
Being a licensed private detective and a
certified hypnotist/hypnotherapist, it seemed only natural for Roger J.
Willard to also study and practice forensic hypnosis. Just prior to the
2005 National Guild of Hypnotists annual convention, he attended and
successfully completed a course consisting of 30 hours of study in
forensic hypnosis. He received certification from the Guild and
Mindsight Consultants of Michigan City, Indiana.
Forensic hypnosis has been used for years by
local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Its use in memory
enhancement has aided countless cases to help bring criminals to
justice, while at the same time giving the accused a tool to aid in
In a criminal trial, there has been case law
to establish the use of hypnosis in court. In Pennsylvania, hypnosis
does not preclude a person testifying for the prosecution, but only that
of which he or she knew before being hypnotized. Information gathered
under hypnosis must be corroborated by other evidence and then that must
be introduced into court. The US Supreme Court have also decided that
the defense has no established limitation on its use in court. (Rock vs.
Arkansas). Naturally, this is always subject to change and the
interpretation of the current court. Please understand that
this is not to be construed as legal advice, but rather a guideline for
further study for the attorneys involved.
It can also be used in civil trials to help
find evidence to settle disputes between plaintiffs and defendants.
Counsel is again asked to study this further for its use. Hit the books!
Points to remember about the use of forensic hypnosis.
- It is not a tool for ascertaining truth or falsity.
- It is merely a technique for reviving or refreshing memory or
perceptions in involved in that memory.
- It does not guarantee that memory will be refreshed.
- It does not guarantee that the memory refreshed will be any more
accurate with or without hypnosis.
- It does not guarantee that the subject will not lie under
But it is an effective aid in reviving
memories in many cases and that memory can help provide information
important to the case. The use of a trained forensic hypnotist is
important in legal matters. Care must be taken not to create false
memories that would taint the information or cause a wrongful outcome.
For more information on forensic hypnosis,
call 717-872-7561 or toll free at 1-877-872-7561. We will be glad to
discuss it further with you.