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Definition of Corroborating Evidence

Corroborating evidence is evidence which is supplementary evidence that confirms or strengthens initial evidence such as testimony. For example, if Sue saw James drive his automobile into another car which is green and another witness stated that when he examined James' car there was green paint on the fender, the testimony of the witness corroborates Sue's testimony of the accident.

It is possible to get a conviction or find in favor of the prosecution without corroborating evidence; however, there are times when the court gives warnings concerning evidence from potentially "unreliable witnesses" such as an accomplice giving evidence for the Prosecution in cases where there is a complainant of sexual abuse, the testimony is given by a child or prosecution evidence is given by an inmate of a secure mental institution.

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