circumstantial evidence | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Evidence Law

Circumstantial evidence is evidence that requires an inference to be made by the finder of fact.

This is opposed to direct evidence, which proves a fact directly without the need for any inferences.  For example, the suspect’s fingerprint on the murder weapon does not directly prove that the suspect killed the victim; that conclusion requires an inference (and usually additional evidence).  A video that shows the suspect inflicting a lethal wound on the victim would be direct evidence.

Learn More

On This Site

[ Glossary ]

Last Modified: 07/29/2021

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Professor McKee's Things and Stuff uses Accessibility Checker to monitor our website's accessibility.