presumption of innocence
presumption of innocence see presumption

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

presumption of innocence
n.
In criminal law, the assumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


presumption of innocence
One of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system, holding that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. In other words, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime charged.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


presumption of innocence
n. A basic tenet of criminal law that a person is to be presumed to be innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proving the person guilty falls completely on the justice system, with the accused bearing no burden of proving his or her innocence. The presumption of innocence is not a determination of innocence, but rather a placing of the burden of proof entirely upon the justice system.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


presumption of innocence
A principle that requires the government to prove the guilt of a criminal defendant and relieves the defendant of any burden to prove his or her innocence.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


presumption of innocence
A principle that requires the government to prove the guilt of a criminal defendant and relieves the defendant of any burden to prove his or her innocence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

presumption of innocence
n.
   a fundamental protection for a person accused of a crime, which requires the prosecution to prove its case against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. This is opposite from the criminal law in many countries, where the accused is considered guilty until he/ she proves his/her innocence or the government completely fails to prove its case.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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