Law enforcement relies on the public to provide information to help them solve crimes. This may be especially true in more rural areas where frequent police patrol is not always possible. However, while it is beneficial when citizens play a role in preventing criminal activity and bringing offenders to justice, those accused of crimes should know that eyewitness accounts and descriptions are not always reliable in a court of criminal law.
Alberta courts have a difficult task when a parent claims domestic abuse. When children are involved, the courts must consider their best interests, even if it means denying the other parent access to the kids. However, parents accused of abuse have one trump card that can send courts of family law into confusion and bring about dangerous custody decisions.