Standard of Proof Legal Definition

What is the Standard of Proof?” 

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Standard of Proof Legal Definition

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Standard of Proof legal definition: The standard of proof is the level of certainty and the degree of evidence necessary to establish proof in a criminal or civil proceeding. There are different standards of proof including: 

  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Reasonable to believe
  • Probable cause
  • Preponderance of the evidence

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Standard of Proof in Medical Malpractice Cases

In medical malpractice cases, the standard of proof is largely based on the preponderance of evidence which requires a party to prove that a certain instance is more likely to have happened than to not have. 

In medical malpractice cases the witness and expert testimony will play a large role in determining whether or not the standard of care was met and if a medical malpractice incident actually occurred. 

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