- standard of proof
standard of proof: the level of certainty and the degree of evidence necessary to establish proof in a criminal or civil proceedingthe standard of proof to convict is proof beyond a reasonable doubt see also clear and convincing, preponderance of the evidence compare burden of proof; clear and convincing evidence at evidence, reasonable doubt◇ Preponderance of the evidence is the least demanding standard of proof and is used for most civil actions and some criminal defenses (as insanity). Clear and convincing proof is a more demanding standard of proof and is used in certain civil actions (as a civil fraud suit). Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is the most demanding standard and the one that must be met for a criminal conviction.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
- standard of proof
n.The level of proof that must be offered to prove a case, such as “beyond a reasonable doubt” in criminal cases or a “preponderance of the evidence” in civil cases.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
- standard of proof
Indicates the degree to which the point must be proven. In a civil case, the burden of proof rests with the plaintiff, who must establish his or her case by such standards of proof as a "preponderance of evidence" or "clear and convincing evidence." (See burden of proof.)
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