Generally, describes the standard that a party seeking to prove a fact in court must satisfy to have that fact legally established. There are different standards in different circumstances. For example, in criminal cases, the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt is on the prosecution, and they must establish that fact beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil cases, the plaintiff has the burden of proving his case by a preponderance of the evidence. A "preponderance of the evidence" and "beyond a reasonable doubt" are different standards, requiring different amounts of proof.
- beyond a reasonable doubt
- clear and convincing evidence
- preponderance of the evidence
- probable cause
- reasonable belief
- reasonable indications
- reasonable suspicion
- some credible evidence
- some evidence
- substantial evidence
Last updated in June of 2017 by Stephanie Jurkowski.