burden of proof


1. the legal obligation on a party who asserts a matter to adduce sufficient supporting evidence to satisfy the required standard of proof. In criminal trials, this burden rests on the prosecution (the legal burden or persuasive burden), except in the case of certain defences.
2. the obligation to adduce evidence sufficient to be considered by the jury (the evidential burden).

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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