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. I did not at all expect to be so accurate."
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. That the man was highly intellectual is of course obvious upon the face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days.
| It said in the report: "These issues compounded the assumption that the disclosure regime was not fit for purpose and there was a real risk that documentation had been lost." | The investigating officer concluded that on the balance of probability one of the officers had breached duties and responsibilities of professional behaviour.
If it were a civil trial, then the proof would be 61 per cent, which is the balance of probability in simple terms.
On the balance of probability the near-side horse Royal Village was the winner, but with no mirror image it wasn't nailed on.
His lawyer Masimo Franchi said the Crown's case did not prove beyond the "balance of probability" that Nutini drove home while over the limit.
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." Verdict: Open.
Black Country coroner Zafar Siddique said the raid on Hester Mottershead's home in Saxon Fields, Tettenhall, had "on the balance of probability" been a "contributing factor" to her death.
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.

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