Scintilla Law and Legal Definition

Scintilla is a Latin term meaning "spark". It is used in the legal context to refer to sufficiency of evidence. The trial court's findings of fact are reviewable for legal sufficiency of the evidence by the same standard used when reviewing a jury's finding. That standard requires the examiner to review the evidence in a light that tends to support the findings and disregard all evidence and inferences to the contrary. If more than a scintilla of evidence exists, it is legally sufficient. More than a scintilla of evidence exists if the evidence furnishes some reasonable basis for differing conclusions by reasonable minds about a vital fact's existence.