Welcome to another week.

The family courts in England and Wales use the civil courts’ “balance of probability” standard when it comes to assessing evidence in family cases.

In criminal courts, the standard implemented when trying to decide whether something did or didn’t happen based on the evidence in court, is “beyond reasonable doubt“.

Our question this week, which has been placed inside a poll on Twitter, reads:

Should the family courts stop using the “balance of probability” test when examining evidence in child welfare cases, and use the “beyond reasonable doubt” test instead?

Yes, No, or do you think the test should be something entirely different?

Let us know what you think over on twitter, or in the comments section below. Our poll on Twitter runs for 7 days.

Many thanks to Dana for sharing an article on this subject.

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