Clear and Convincing Evidence

Definition - What does Clear and Convincing Evidence mean?

Clear and convincing evidence is an evidentiary standard used in civil and certain criminal cases in the United States. It is a less severe standard than the evidence needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt but more severe than other standards of evidence. To meet the standard of clear and convincing evidence, a party must present evidence that is significantly more likely to be true than not.

Justipedia explains Clear and Convincing Evidence

Under the preponderance of the evidence standard, a party wins the case if more than half of the evidence that is presented in front of the trier of fact (jury or judge without a jury) points in favor of the party. Clear and convincing evidence is a more rigorous evidentiary standard than the preponderance of the evidence. Under this standard, the evidence submitted by the party must be highly more probable and the trier of fact must have a firm conviction in it. There is no limitation to what 'highly more probable' must mean; it varies on a case-by-case basis.

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