Definitions for "Burden of proof"
The obligation to prove that allegations made in court are true by calling evidence to support the allegations. In criminal cases, the prosecutor has the burden of proof and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.• Criminal Courts
One spouse must prove any claims made against the opposing spouse to the court. The claims must be supported with sufficient evidence.
The duty of a party in a lawsuit to persuade the judge or the jury that enough facts exist to prove the allegations of the case. Different levels of proof are required depending on the type of case.
Legal and rhetorical concept that applies to those who oppose the Bush Administration. Example: "I think the burden is on those people who think he didn't have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are." (Ari Fleischer, July 9, 2003.)
The burden placed on an employer, as a result of a claim of discriminatory treatment, to provide a verifiable, legitimate and nondiscriminatory reason for any employment action taken which may have resulted in adverse treatment of a member(s) of a protected group.
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