burden of proof

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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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Haley, accustomed to strike the balance of probabilities between lies of greater or lesser magnitude, thought that it lay in favor of the dirt road aforesaid.
The report was originally to be kept confidential but a copy seen by MirrorSport, states: "On balance of probabilities and following a review of the evidence it was likely that some Tyrone players made unwelcome verbal comments towards the Donegal player during the game.
It was ruled that the appellants are entitled to a full appeal, but not to a rehearing on oral evidence and that charges against them are required to be proved on the balance of probabilities only.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Coroner for North East Wales and Central, John Gittins, said: "There is sufficient evidence on the balance of probabilities that this was an accident.
The father-of-one had been getting treatment for psychosis, and the inquest heard how his medications had, on the balance of probabilities, caused his death.
Perhaps one day global warming, just on the balance of probabilities, will generate massive lightning bolts to completely wreck all the "great founding religious sites" of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The report concludes that, on the balance of probabilities, one or more Garda officers passed information to the IRA, which resulted in the murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan.
The report concluded: "In relation to Detective Superintendent Griffiths, considering his position and role as the head of professional standards for Gwent Police at this time, the investigation concluded that on the balance of probabilities there is a case to answer for gross misconduct in relation to his performance of duties.
Boylan told Galway coroner Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin that, on the balance of probabilities, had an abortion been carried out on the Monday or Tuesday, when Halappanavar requested, she would have been alive.
Yet when facing an employment tribunal, an employer only needs to be satisfied of an employee's misconduct on the balance of probabilities.
The FA disciplinary hearing does not adhere to the same standards of jurisprudence -- requiring only that the incidents were likely to have occurred on a balance of probabilities -- and Terry has said that the hearing leaves him with no option other than to end his England career.
Whereas the prosecution in Terry's trial had to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt, the FA disciplinary commission can reach verdicts purely on the balance of probabilities, a much lower burden of proof.

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