Prima Facie Case

Definition - What does Prima Facie Case mean?

Prima facie is Latin for "on its face." A prima facie case is a case where the plaintiff has brought enough evidence to the court to support their claim in order for the trial to progress. This is opposed to the plaintiff failing to present enough evidence for the case to seem legitimate "on its face" and having the case dismissed.

Justipedia explains Prima Facie Case

Basically, a prima facie case is a case that has enough evidence to not be thrown out. When a plaintiff brings a case before a court, they must provide a requisite amount of evidence to prove that they have an actual claim. This is to prevent the court from wasting time. Prima facie cases are the cases that the court deems reasonable enough to proceed. If the judge doesn't dismiss the the case, then it can proceed to a trial.

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