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.

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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Latimer, (47) the Supreme Court took another look at the defence of necessity, ruling that on the facts the trial judge was right to keep the defence from the jury because there was no air of reality to it.
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But 18 minutes into the game Mr Wilson gave them a penalty and the proceedings assumed an air of reality.