On Earth telepaths have begun to feature in some court trials for murder and treason cases. Telepathic scans and deep probes can help to get to the real truth of a case and help avoid wrongful conviction charges.
Some nations are trialling the idea, while some national, state or county courts have made it a permanent fixture.
The exact configuration of their use varies.
Some are court appointed investigators allowed to be used for both prosecution and defense questioning. Even judges and juries in some courts can request the use of scans to help clarify points.
Some courts allow telepaths to be appointed by both the prosecution and defense to provide counter checks to potential bias by one telepathic examination.
In Japan a trial of a jury selected telepathy that serves the needs of the jury to witness investigative telepaths scans and probes and later relay the results directly into the minds of the judge, jury and lawyers for the prosecution and defense.
The use of telepaths in general doesn't reduce court costs, but increases them for this specialist service and the security checks and in court cross check processes to eliminate any matters of interpretation by the telepath.
What it has led to is more certainty of convictions and the full set of events and circumstances of the crime to come to light. In a number of instances trials are concluded earlier and less likely to result in appeal trials.
Some courts have even allowed in court discovery of other crimes during the process to be used to build additional cases against an offender.
Several people have been cleared of charges as a result of these investigations, prompting Police forces to increase requests for trained telepathic investigators or even detectives, so they can build cases on more solid grounds and reduce the number of prospective innocents that do fall through the cracks and get charged and taken through the court system.
It is expected that after a few more years of trial use at this level, that the current courts using them may petition for permanent wider law changes allowing such use for any court trials where costs of such services can be covered.