1 In the law of evidence, the means by which the existence or nonexistence of a fact is established to the satisfaction of the court, including testimony, documentary evidence, real evidence, and judicial notice. Since most facts with which a court is concerned are not capable of being tested empirically, proof in the legal sense is quite different from proof in the context of mathematics or science. The uncorroborated evidence of one credible witness is sufficient proof for most purposes in the law. See standard of proof.
2 (informal) The written statement of a prospective witness obtained by a solicitor. A witness is said not to have come up to proof if he fails to testify in accordance with his proof.
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