standard of proof

  

Definition

Level of proof demanded or required in a specific case, established by assessing the associated evidence. It may be classified as the (1) lowest level of proof that applies to cases of dependency and neglect where a mere preponderance of evidence indicates a 'more likely than not' probability, (2) intermediate level of proof that applies to certain civil cases where clear and convincing evidence is required; and, (3) highest level of proof demanded in certain criminal cases (such as murder) that establishes the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

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