burden of proof
- The responsibility of a party in a legal case to persuade the judge or jury that their version of events is accurate, to a specific degree of certainty depending on whether the case is civil or criminal
- In the negligence case, the burden of proof rested on the plaintiff to show the defendant's fault.
- The prosecutor had the burden of proof to show the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in the criminal trial.
- The defense lawyer raised an alibi, shifting the burden of proof onto them to prove its validity.