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The balance of probabilities

s. 142 (Admissibility of evidence: standard of proof) of the Evidence Act 2005 (NSW) notes that evidence will be usually admitted if the Court is satisfied that the facts have been proved on the balance of probabilities.  The matters that the court must take into account include (summarised – see legislation for full version): (a) the importance of the evidence in the proceeding, and (b) the gravity of the matters alleged in relation to the question.

David Hamer, in his very interesting and informative article ‘Chance Would Be a Fine Thing: Proof of Causation and Quantum in an Unpredictable World’, for the Melbourne University Law Review in 1999, noted that

It is well established that, while the civil standard is the balance of probabilities, the precise meaning of this expression depends upon the circumstances of the case and, in particular, what is at stake for each of the parties.  … Where the plaintiff’s allegations have moral overtones, as in fraud or adultery cases, the civil standard may be higher than where mere negligence or breach of contract is alleged.


I am an experienced information management professional based in Melbourne, Australia. I have had close to 40 years of practical working knowledge across the full spectrum of information, records and content management issues, and direct and practical experience with contemporary and emerging business and information and enterprise content management systems. My product knowledge includes SharePoint 2010/2013/Online and OneDrive (SharePoint Administrator), Office 365 (including as a Global Administrator), Yammer, Sway, TRIM Context (R6.2 & 7.1), ECM Documentum, Alfresco Share; and other online systems.

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