Language matters a great deal in law. Words are sometimes seen as having almost magical powers -- and one word, corroboration, has a troubled history.
But that does not mean that it is a bad idea to look for facts that confirm the evidence of a witness -- but in so doing a judge should avoid using the word corroboration
R. v. Mackenzie, 2015 ONCA 93:
Apart from his use of the term “corroboration”, which is best relegated to the dustbin of legal history, we agree with his conclusion that confirmation was desirable.