balance of probability

balance of probability

A term of art referring to a pathologist’s degree of certainty that the sequence of events delineated in the clinicopathological summary is the actual cause of death. In the UK, the pathologist is not expected to be 100% certain about the cause of death that he/she submits to the Office of National Statistics, but rather weigh the evidence and provide the most likely scenario that led to natural or non-suspicious deaths reported and authorised by the coroner. The pathologist fills out the certificate based on the balance of probability that death was attributable to a particular cause (e.g. acute myocardial infarction, hypertension, etc.).
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On the other hand you must admit that the balance of probability from my point of view is on the other side.
I could only say what was the balance of probability.
John Douglas himself could be, and the balance of probability was that with the connivance of his wife and his friend he was concealed in a house which had such conveniences for a fugitive, and awaiting quieter times when he could make his final escape.
It is perhaps less suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others which represent at least a strong balance of probability.
Senior coroner for central Hampshire, Grahame Short, said: "On the balance of probability I conclude he either jumped or fell in the sea on the night of March 19 and died shortly after.
He meant against the balance of probability and the number of injuries, a loss was inevitable at some point.
On the balance of probability, spending council money on a review will not change the present situation and the council has to move forward in the best interests of all the children, including those in the new academy.
However the relatives' barrister, Anthony O'Toole, said: "We would invite you to say that, on the balance of probability, there was an unlawful killing in this case.
Swansea Coroner Phillip Rogers concluded the potholes, or defects, were, on the balance of probability, responsible for the accident.
On the balance of probability I reach the conclusion that Robb is indeed a man with a propensity to use dishonest means for gain," he said.
It could provide evidence that tilts the balance of probability in such cases," Prof Mackintosh said.
The BBC Trust claims investigative journalism should remain at the heart of the BBC news, but what this verdict demonstrates is that it judges journalists on the balance of probability rather than fact.

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