Presuming Innocence

Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Andrew Ashworth (J. Roberts & L. Zedner, eds.), Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper 12-32

25 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2012

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R. A. Duff

University of Stirling - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: July 10, 2012

Abstract

I discuss two questions about the meaning and implications of the Presumption of Innocence. First, is it consistent with laying either an evidential or a persuasive burden on the defendant at trial? I argue that it can be consistent with laying an evidential burden, once the prosecution proves the commission of what can properly be counted as a presumptive wrong. Second, should we understand ‘innocence’ in this context in purely legal terms, as innocence of what the law defines as an offense; or in more moralised terms? I argue for a strict formal reading of ‘innocence.’

Keywords: Presumption of innocence, burdens of proof, reverse burdens, reasonable doubt, legal and moral innocence

Suggested Citation

Duff, Robin Antony, Presuming Innocence (July 10, 2012). Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Andrew Ashworth (J. Roberts & L. Zedner, eds.), Oxford University Press, Forthcoming ; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper 12-32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2103337

Robin Antony Duff (Contact Author)

University of Stirling - Department of Philosophy ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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