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What is the standard of proof in a civil case?


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Answered 2009-06-30 19:09:09

Preponderance of the evidence, also known as balance of probabilities is the standard required in most civil cases. The standard is met if the proposition is more likely to be true than not true. Effectively, the standard is satisfied if there is greater than 50 percent chance that the proposition is true. Lord Denning, in Miller v. Minister of Pensions [1947] 2 All ER 372, described it simply as "more probable than not."

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Standard of proof needed in a civil case?

Slightly easier than that required in a criminal case. In a criminal case the standard is "proof beyond a reasonable doubt." In a civil case it is the "preponderance of the evidence."


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