oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Praesumplio credit Veritali (A presumption yields to the truth): the death-knell for presumptions in our criminal law?

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



A legal presumption, broadly speaking, may be descriptionbed as one of the four ways in which facts can be proved without evidence (as a matter of interest, the other three are formal admissions, judicial notice and incriminating statements made by an accused during explanation of plea). A presumption is thus the supposition made by a court of law which is usually based on the strength qf evidence which put the presumption into operation.

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