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- Burden of Proof
- The degree of proof needed in a proceeding for a party to prove a disputed assertion or charge.
- Balance of Probabilities
- This is the standard of proof used in civil and family matters.
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
- This is the standard of proof used in criminal matters. This higher standard of proof reflects the potentially serious consequences (loss of liberty) in criminal cases.