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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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As a result, the services currently use different burdens of proof for ascertaining guilt in nonjudicial punishment proceedings.
The use of different burdens of proof throughout the military is contrary to the intent of the drafters of the UCMJ and specifically Article 15.
Because of the different burdens of proof, outcomes and punishments may vary for the same misconduct by virtue of the offender's branch of service.