Colorado court officials have proposed the ‘pinky swear’ as an alternative oath administered to witnesses in court proceedings, a court administrator revealed Friday. The switch is intended to address growing court concerns about the younger generation’s understanding of civic education and their knowledge of the rule of law.
“Kids identify with the pinky promise,” said Colorado state court administrator George Partridge. “You can see it online and talked about on tweeters. This is just one way to engage youngsters in the serious business of doing justice.”
Under the proposal, witnesses in court or at depositions can request either a traditional oath or the “pinky promise.” If the witness chooses a pinky promise, the person administering the oath must lock his or her pinky with the witness’s pinky and exclaim “Cross my heart, I will not lie, for if I do, I’ll likely die.”
Court officials considered but rejected the Russian version of the oath, which is loosely translated as “Make peace, make peace, make peace, and don’t fight anymore, and if you fight, I’ll bite, and if biting is not enough, I’ll beat you with a brick.”