burden of proof

noun phrase

Definition of burden of proof

: the duty of proving a disputed assertion or charge

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Proving such charges beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proof in a criminal court, will be hard. The Economist, "Harvey Weinstein’s trials," 22 June 2019 Justice is swift, the burden of proof light, access to lawyers minimal and the punishment consistent: death by hanging, according to human rights groups who have witnessed the proceedings. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "They left Europe to fight with ISIS. Their home countries don’t want them back.," 20 June 2019 The decision came after Murray’s lawyer Keith S. Halpern, asked Kenton-Walker to dismiss all the charges, saying prosecutors had not met their burden of proof. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge drops one murder charge against Blackstone mother whose infants were found dead in closets," 11 June 2019 The core tenet of Anglo-American law is that the burden of proof always rests with the person making the accusation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Presumption of Guilt," 21 Sep. 2018 The alternative to asylum: a process with fewer options and a higher burden of proofRight now, being barred from asylum doesn’t actually stop you from applying. Dara Lind, Vox, "Exclusive: even before the caravan, Trump took steps to use travel bans to limit asylum," 6 Nov. 2018 There is no due process, no presumption of innocence, no burden of proof. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 Lawmakers haven't mocked the idea of due process or called for the collective punishment of American citizens or declared that the burden of proof is on the accused rather than the accuser. Fox News, "Tucker takes on Kavanaugh opponent; Martha MacCallum's takeaways from interview with Kavanaugh," 25 Sep. 2018 The burden of proof has shifted to believing the aggrieved as opposed to defending the oppressor. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018

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1705, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of burden of proof

: the responsibility of producing sufficient evidence in support of a fact or issue and favorably persuading the trier of fact (as a judge or jury) regarding that fact or issue the burden of proof is sometimes upon the defendant to show his incompetency— W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr. — compare standard of proof

Note: The legal concept of the burden of proof encompasses both the burdens of production and persuasion. Burden of proof is often used to refer to one or the other. Burden of proof and burden of persuasion are also sometimes used to refer to the standard of proof.

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