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burden of proof

A UK term of art used in fitness to practice proceedings, which places the onus (burden) on the prosecution to prove their case.

burden of proof,

n in criminal cases, the task of the prosecuting officers to demonstrate the
actus reus and
mens rea of the crime; in litigation, to lay out the facts of the case. See also actus reus and mens rea.

burden of proof,

n in a legal proceeding, the duty to prove a fact or facts in dispute.
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Aldrich thinks that one reason why the 2008 presidential hopefuls have started their campaigns so early is "the need for money, volunteers, and compliance with increasingly complex legal burdens to candidacy.
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