Weight and Sufficiency of Evidence In Legal Cases

Sunday, September 27, 2009
We always here the terms proof beyond reasonable doubt, substantive evidence and preponderance of evidence. In most cases, we relate these terms to legal cases such as criminal cases, civil cases, and administrative cases. In civil cases, the party having the  burden of proof must establish his claim by a preponderance of evidence. The court must consider all the facts and circumstances of the case in order to determine preponderance of evidence. With respect to criminal cases, the accused is entitled to an acquittal except when his guilt is shown beyond reasonable doubt.

The basis of proof beyond reasonable doubt is moral certainty. Such term meant that degree of proof which produces conviction in an unprejudiced mind. With respect to administrative cases, substantial evidence is necessary or that fact which may be deemed established if it is suppurted by substantial evidence. It is also that amount of evidence which a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to justify a conclusion.


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