Garrity Statement Law and Legal Definition

Garrity Statement refers to an oral or written report obtained from a public employee under a threat of termination of employment. The concept of garrity statement was developed from Garrity v. New Jersey, 383 U.S. 941 (U.S. 1966). Generally, a garrity statement is given by a public employee during the course of internal investigation by a police department. Garrity statement contains an element of coercion. Hence, any statement or evidence obtained from a garrity statement cannot be used later in criminal prosecution against a public employee. However, a garrity statement can be used to evaluate an employee’s performance.