presumption of innocence

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The legal presumption that every person charged with a criminal offence is innocent until proved guilty. Although this is termed a “presumption” it is in fact a fundamental principle underlying the criminal law, which has been reinforced by the Human Rights Act 1998 (see fair trial). See burden of proof.

Subjects: Law.

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