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Tort Principles A. List five differences between civil law (which includes tort law) and criminal law identified by Dr. Ronald B. Standler in his essay, Differences between Civil and Criminal Law in the USA , referenced in the Learning Activities. The first difference between civil law and criminal law is who files the lawsuit. In a civil case the suit is filed by a private party while in criminal law, the prosecution is always filed by the government. The second difference concerns the burden of proof. In criminal law, the burden of proof falls on the state. In a civil case, the burden of proof is initially on the plaintiff. A third difference is the number of protections offered to defendants in criminal law that are not extended to those in a civil litigation. These include the prohibition of double jeopardy, prohibition against compelled self-incrimination, the right to the assistance of counsel, and the right to a speedy trial.
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course BUSINESS L 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at American.

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