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Prima Facie

In law, describing facts that, unless successfully refuted, would be sufficient to prove a fact. In both criminal and civil trials, the side with the burden of proof must establish at least a prima facie case. If this side fails to do so, the case is dismissed and the other side does not need to present its evidence. See also: Res ipsa loquitur.
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On appeal, the Assessor asked the Tax Court of Indiana to reconsider a policy arising from case law that the mere presentation of a USPAP appraisal establishes a prima facie case.
Having found that the notice requirement was mandatory and was an administrative step and that the IRS had not met the requirement, the court found that under Powell, the IRS had failed to make a prima facie case for enforcing the summons.
Because this issue concerned constituency-related work, the Speaker could not find a prima facie case of privilege.
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THE European Court of Justice has recently held that an individual with a close connection to an organisation may be capable of making comments which amount to a prima facie case of discrimination.
Sarah Holland, appearing for Dunkley, said: "I accept that there's a prima facie case but I believe the crown still has further investigations to do.
THE LARNACA Criminal Court yesterday found there was a prima facie case against six defendants on trial in connection with a 2011 naval base munitions blast that killed 13 people and incapacitated the island's main power station.
The university's counsel, Richard Gordon QC, said there was a strong prima facie case that the UKBA's decision was unlawful.
LEGAL COMMENTARY: The court held that a trial court may not consider a defendant's rebuttal evidence when determining whether a plaintiff established a prima facie case.
On the investigation into Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs), a statement from the SPL read: "The investigation has now been completed and, in the view of the SPL, there is a prima facie case to answer in respect of its Rules.
On February 22, the High Court ordered his prosecution after holding that a prima facie case of criminal misconduct has been made out against him.
Dube said the state had failed to prove a prima facie case against Khumalo on both counts.