burden of proof

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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.
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Lord Stevens' past as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police adds an air of reality to what he says ( but where is his evidence?
What pleases me is that there is an air of reality about both the management and the team.
To add an air of reality cars blasting Arabic music drove through the streets, loud speakers broadcasted the Muslim call to prayer and even some of the Army's Iraqi language and cultural teachers were drafted in to play villagers.
But the council appealed and Lord Justice Gross sitting in London agreed and said there had been proper supervision during the sports day and an air of reality and common sense had to be applied to the case.
But if that was not the trial court's position, then the question is whether the accused could meet the evidentiary burden (also called the "air of reality" test) that applies to any proposed defence.