In civil cases, the burden of proof is a legal obligation that the party with the claim must prove their case. This means that they must show that it is more likely than not that they are their allegations are true. This standard is not as high as it is in criminal cases where guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt before someone can be convicted. In civil cases, most parties are seeking monetary damages or other forms of compensation for injuries caused by another person’s negligent actions or omissions. So how much evidence do we need to prove our case?
What is the “Burden of Proof?”
The burden of proof is a legal obligation that the party with the claim must prove their case. The burden of proof falls on the party bringing the claim, usually the plaintiff. This can be done by either direct or circumstantial evidence, depending on what type of case it is.
The burden of proof in civil cases isn’t as high as it is in criminal cases.
In a criminal case, the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the jury will only convict if they have no reasonable doubts about whether or not the accused person committed the crime. In contrast, in civil cases (like a personal injury lawsuit), plaintiffs need only show that it is more likely than not that their version of events happened. While this standard may seem less stringent than requiring proof beyond any doubt at all, it still ensures that parties are not found liable without a certain threshold of evidence about their fault.
The burden of proof in civil cases is more likely than not.
In civil cases, the burden of proof is more likely than not. What does this mean?
It means that you have to convince a judge or jury that it’s more likely than not that you are right. What does more likely than not mean? It has been described many different ways. For example, fifty-one percent (51%), or more than fifty percent (50%), or if you had two perfectly matched stacks of paper and you put one more piece of paper on one stack. Generally, it means the evidence presented supports the argument.
While it may seem like an easy threshold to meet, jurors will hear evidence from both sides. In mass tort cases, such as a hernia mesh lawsuit or lawsuits over the Exactech recall, jurors learn about many complex issues in a short amount of time and then must weigh the evidence.
Burden of Proof – Conclusion
The burden of proof in civil cases is more likely than not. The plaintiff must prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that if a plaintiff can prove more likely than not that the defendant(s) caused the injury, along with other factors, the defendant might be held liable. Many other factors are relevant when a jury is deciding a case and burden of proof is just one.