Preponderance of Evidence

Definition - What does Preponderance of Evidence mean?

Preponderance of evidence is a legal standard of proof used in civil litigation that a party must meet in order to win the case. If more than half of the evidence submitted in a lawsuit leads the trier of fact (the jury or judge if there is no jury) to conclude that the claim asserted by a party is true, that party has preponderance of evidence.

Justipedia explains Preponderance of Evidence

In a civil litigation, the party that files the lawsuit (plaintiff) has the burden of proof. In other words, the party must provide enough evidence, through exhibits and testimony, to prove its claim. The amount of evidence required varies from case to case. Preponderance is defined as being superior in terms of force, weight, or importance. When more than half of the submitted evidence points in favor of one party, that party has proved its claim through preponderance of evidence.

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