burden of proof

Definition of "burden of proof"
  1. 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
How to use "burden of proof" in a sentence
  1. In the negligence case, the burden of proof rested on the plaintiff to show the defendant's fault.
  2. The prosecutor had the burden of proof to show the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in the criminal trial.
  3. The defense lawyer raised an alibi, shifting the burden of proof onto them to prove its validity.

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