Law Dictionary

standard of proof

  1. :  the level of certainty and the degree of evidence necessary to establish proof in a criminal or civil proceeding the 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

Additional Notes on standard of proof

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.


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