Moral Certainty Law and Legal Definition

Moral certainty refers to a degree of assurance that induces a reasonable man to act without doubts and reach conclusions. It is an essential element constituting crime. Guilt must be proved by the evidence to a moral certainty.

“Proof to a moral certainty means that a juror first must conscientiously consider all the evidence and must then reach a resulting firm and settled belief that the charge is true”. [Commonwealth v. Walker, 68 Mass. App. Ct. 194, 201 (Mass. App. Ct. 2007)]