A complainant does not enter a criminal proceeding with a special claim to credibility (honesty) or reliability (accuracy) in the eyes of a judge.

Furthermore, the mere fact that an allegation has been made does not assist a judge in assessing the credibility or reliability of a complainant.

A judge must closely scrutinize and critically assess the testimony of a complainant after ensuring that Defence counsel has had an opportunity to conduct a thorough cross-examination.

Ultimately a judge may rely upon some, none or all of the testimony of a complainant in deciding whether the prosecution has proven an allegation beyond a reasonable doubt.

It is important for a client to understand that a judge does not automatically rely upon the testimony any witness in a criminal proceeding, regardless of the identity of the witness or the subject matter of the allegation.

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