prima facie case



When the prosecution (which bears the evidential burden of proof) in a criminal case concludes its submission, the state's case is said to be prima facie if the evidence presented is sufficient for a conviction. Otherwise, the defense (which bears the persuasive burden of proof) will be able to submit that there is no case to answer and (if the court concurs) the case will be dismissed.

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  • The jury in the Tsarnaev trial had little choice but to convict the defendant; because the prosecution had a prima facie case.

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  • You do not want to hear that it is a prima facie case if you are the defendant after the prosecutor is finished.

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  • The prima facie case was something we studied long and hard in law school and it made me interested to learn more.

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