burden of proof


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burden of proof

The requirement and obligation of providing sound, reasonable evidence supporting a charge or allegation. Originating and used primarily in law, it can be applied more broadly to any situation in which a contentious dispute arises. In court, the burden of proof always rests on the plaintiffs and the prosecutors. The burden of proof is on you to show that the computer was broken before you bought it.
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burden of proof

Obligation of proving a disputed charge or allegation. For example, Are you sure you mailed the tax return on time? The burden of proof's on you. A legal term dating from the late 1500s, it has also been used more loosely in recent times.
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First, you still have the burden of proof with respect to any issues of law.
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I believe the uniquely libertarian position is that those who claim harm have the burden of proof.
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The bill created new penalties that could be applied to all taxpayers and changed the burden of proof from "knew" to "should have known," which is an impossibly high standard and does not conform to federal law.
The burden of proof at a preliminary examination is very low, and the vast majority -- 99 out of 100 preliminary hearings -- get held to answer.