Corroboration is a distinctive feature of Scots criminal law, requiring that, to find the accused guilty there must be two separate sources of evidence that (a) the crime charged was committed, and (b) the accused was responsible for committing it. Corroboration is a significant hurdle to overcome, impacting most acutely on offences that occur in private, a feature of many sexual crimes since there are rarely any witnesses to what occurred. Without independent corroboration, cases will not meet a sufficiency of evidence to proceed.

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