Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

part of jury's instructions in all criminal trials; in which the jurors are told that they can only find the defendant guilty if they are convinced "beyond a reasonable doubt" of his or her guilt; sometimes referred to as "to a moral certainty," the phrase is fraught with uncertainty as to meaning, however; criminal justice experts have concluded that it would mean being 99% sure; in civil court to find someone liable they would have to only take greater than 50% fault