Preponderance – this legal term is mostly used in Court Trials, where refers to an evidence that persuades a judge or jury to lean to one side as opposed to the other during litigation cases. Also in many jurisdictions, criminal trials require non-disputable evidence. But in civil trials, evidence is required only by preponderance of the evidence. The judge (or jury, where applicable) will perceive the evidence of one side as outweighing the other based on which side has the most persuasive or impressive evidence. The strength or “weight” of evidence is not decided by the sheer number of witnesses because the judge decides on the credibility of witnesses and give their testimony weight accordingly. The side with the preponderance of evidence should win the case.

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