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burden of proof

n. Law
The duty of presenting a certain amount of evidence in order to meet the legal requirements for establishing the entitlement of the party in a case to the outcome sought.

burden of proof

n
(Law) law the obligation, in criminal cases resting initially on the prosecution, to provide evidence that will convince the court or jury of the truth of one's contention

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n.
the obligation to offer credible evidence in a court of law in support of a contention or accusation.
[1585–95]
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Noun1.burden of proof - the duty of proving a disputed charge
duty, obligation, responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
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Det Supt Barron said there are cases where police can find other ways of dealing with suspected sex offenders and protecting the vulnerable people they target, which does not put the burden of evidence on their victims.
The Bar Council is also concerned about the burden of evidence placed on a suspect.
The Comelec's decision to shift the burden of evidence on petitioner [Poe] places an undue burden on the exercise of a fundamental political right of a member of a discrete and insular minority that has a right to equal protection in general and a right to equal access to opportunities for public service under Article II [of the Constitution], the Solicitor General said.