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Questions tagged [burden-of-proof]

Standards for establishing a fact in court. In criminal-law: The theoretical requirements to establish guilt and obtain a conviction for a crime.

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Can all members of a group be civilly liable when some are provably innocent?

Scenario: A crime involving property damage is committed. Suppose that it can be proven beyond reasonable doubt that of a group of 3 people, 2 of them were involved and one was not. However, there's ...
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To what extent would a civil court defer to a criminal court (jury) decision?

To what extent does the doctrine of stare decisis bind civil courts to the decisions, especially the jury determinations, of criminal courts? If someone was convicted of an act that was both a crime ...
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Is placing the burden of proof on the accused illegal?

The specific situation I'm thinking of is ticket inspectors, but it could apply to other situations. The ticket inspectors assume you are fare evading without evidence (no presumption of innocence) ...
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What are standards of proof that are lower than “preponderance of evidence?”

Two standards that I've heard of are "compelling" evidence, and "reasonable indication." Apparently, they may be used to defend certain actions where the level of proof is less than 50-50 but "non-...
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Burden of proof question

What is "burden of proof"? For example, in the realm of special education law, IDEA plus the body of existing decisions say that a student is IDEA-eligible when his disability has an adverse effect ...
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Probabilistic justice or what is reasonable doubt

We all know that a person should be convicted of a crime if there is no reasonable doubt that the person is guilty. Let's consider this ideal case. Bill was killed. Police suspects John. John says, "...
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Why are there distinct burdens of proof in civil and criminal cases?

In a criminal case, in all common law jurisdictions that I know of, an accusation must be proven to a high level which is commonly stated as being "beyond reasonable doubt", whereas in a civil case ...