Explain the differences between the burden of proof in civil cases and the burden of proof in criminal cases

Criminal cases Civil cases
The burden of proof is borne by the prosecution.

 

The prosecution is bound to adduce evidence to prove its case against the accused.

 

The standard of proof is very high as it is beyond any reasonable doubt.

 

The court must be satisfied beyond any

reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime as charged.

The burden of proof is borne by the plaintiff.

 

The plaintiff must adduce evidence to prove his allegations against the defendant.

 

The standard of proof is on a balance of probabilities or preponderance of probabilities.

 

It must be more probable than improbable that the plaintiffs allegations are true.



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