Middle English, borrowed from the Latin prÄ«mÄ faciÄ, from prÄ«mÄ, feminine singular ablative from prÄ«mus `first, foremost` + faciÄ, singular ablative from faciÄs `appearance, see` – more at main entrance 2, opposite entry 1 In most court proceedings, a party has a burden of proof which obliges him to provide prima facie evidence for all the essential facts of his case. If this is not possible, their appeal may be dismissed without the need to respond by other parties. [4] Prima facie evidence may not be sufficient or fall by itself; If a counterparty provides further evidence or asserts an affirmative defence, this can only be reconciled with a full trial. Sometimes the introduction of prima facie evidence is informally called a case or the construction of a case. A prima facie case is the establishment of a rebuttable presumption prescribed by law. Prima facie evidence is a cause of action or defence sufficiently supported by a party`s evidence to warrant a judgment in its favour, unless such evidence is refuted by the other party. :(Pry-mah Fay-shah) Adj. Latin for “prima facie” or “at first glance”, means a trial or prosecution in which the evidence presented at trial is sufficient to prove the case, unless there is substantial contradictory evidence presented to the court. Prima facie evidence submitted by the prosecutor`s office to a grand jury will lead to an indictment.

Example: In an accusation of poor cheque writing, proof of half a dozen cheques written on a non-existent bank account makes it a prima facie case. However, proving that the bank had incorrectly printed the account number on the checks could refute the prosecutor`s apparent “open and closed” case. The term prima facie is used in modern legal English (including civil and criminal law) to indicate that on initial examination there appears to be sufficient confirmatory evidence to support a case. In common law jurisdictions, a reference to prima facie evidence means evidence that, unless rebutted, would be sufficient to prove a particular statement or fact. [3] The term is used in the same way in academic philosophy. [2] Most court proceedings in most jurisdictions require the existence of prima facie evidence, after which proceedings can then be initiated to review it and make a decision. [3] Often used in everyday language to mean that the conclusion is obvious. In narrower legal language, this rather means that there is a case to be answered – that the question is clear, but the conclusion is not necessarily obvious – with an obvious conclusion that is more likely to be called res ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself”). However, res ipsa loquitur is rarely used in general language, but is called an open and closed case. It can also be used as an adverb, which means “at first appearance, but subject to additional evidence or information.” An example of this would be the use of the term “prima facie valid”. In the theory of political debate, prima facie is used to describe the mandates or boards of directors of an affirmative case or, in rare cases, a negative counter-plan.

When the negative team invokes itself prima facie, it appeals to the fact that the affirmative team cannot add or change anything in its plan after it has been specified in the first affirmative constructive conception. Prima facie is a legal claim that has enough evidence to go to court or a judgment. In Latin, prima facie means “at first glance” or “at first glance”. Most court proceedings require prima facie evidence that proceedings can be initiated to test it and make a decision. This can be called superficial originators, first principles. You probably used the term at first glance, but now you can say it in Latin. Of course, if you`ve been to law school, you probably would have already done so, as prima facie is used for evidence that is accepted unless it turns out to be false. Without prima facie evidence, you probably don`t have a case, or it will be quite difficult to make one. You can refute information that is prima facie, but it won`t be easy. Prima facie (/ˌpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃi, -ʃə, -ʃiiː/; from the Latin prīmā faciē) is a Latin expression that means at first glance[1] or based on first impression.

[2] The literal translation would be “at the first face” or “at the first appearance”, feminine forms of primus (“first”) and facies (“face”), both in the ablative case. In modern, colloquial and conversational English, a common translation would be “at first glance”.