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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proceedings are similar to European opposition proceedings, but there are significant differences in the extent of the patent owner's ability to amend claims, the patent's claim construction, the patent owner's evidentiary burden, and the procedural requirements.
While certification is meant to be a meaningful screening device, there is a relatively low threshold for certification of a class proceeding in Ontario, the evidentiary burden on the plaintiff is low ("some basis in fact") and, conversely, the evidentiary burden on the defendants to show that the certification criteria have not been met is high once the plaintiff shows some basis in fact.
incorporating the substantive evidentiary burden at trial, as n federal court--the lower court erred.
Alternatively, a registered trade mark provides a monopoly right to use the mark for at least I 0 years, and affords automatic protection for any infringement and places no such onerous or unduly expensive evidentiary burden upon a party wishing to sue for infringement.
Observing that facetoface transactions are rare in the securities market, the Court noted that requiring the investors to prove actual reliance would place an unnecessary evidentiary burden on them and would effectively deprive them from seeking relief from the courts.
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While lawyers understand that they need an expert to meet an evidentiary burden, they often fail to exploit the expert's potential to develop the believability of their case.
Plaintiffs cannot be held to the high evidentiary burden imposed by Szabo and Hydrogen Peroxide without being given every chance to develop all relevant evidence.
The evidentiary burden should not be heightened from objective