The balance of probabilities

Juries have a limited role in civil cases and the burden of proof is based upon the balance of probabilities.

The jury's job is made slightly easier in civil cases than in criminal cases.  In civil cases the burden of proof is based upon  ‘the balance of probabilities’  and not  'beyond all reasonable doubt’ as in criminal cases.  In other words is it 'likely' that the evidence can be relied upon.

This is to do with the fact that the consequences for the losing party whilst they may be dire are not so serious as a criminal conviction which carries the stigma that goes with it and the risk of a custodial sentence.  Another way of putting it is there is not so much resting upon the juries decision in civil cases.

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