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How long ago did you leave the rug with them?
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In the context of civil proceedings, the party who raises an issue bears the legal burden of proving that issue. So if you are the one claiming that a rug was left with them or taken by them, then it is your burden of proving that. The burden of proof does not shift to the defendant. What the defendant does is that they have to prove the defences which they raise that uncover new issues, i.e. issues not previously raise by the claimant. However, if the defendant relies upon a defence, which merely amounts to a denial of the claimant’s claim, this does not impose any legal burden of proof upon the defendant. So in other words, if you make a claim that they took the rug and provide evidence to that effect, they can deny that and are not required to provide any evidence to back that up – the burden of proof is still yours to convince the court that what you are claiming is true. In the end a court will have to decide on the balance of probabilities whether your claim is valid or not. What this means is that you, as the claimant, must persuade the judge that your case is more probably true than not.
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Thank you. As you are unlikely to be able to get the rug back now that they are claiming it was never received and may be lost, you would really be seeking compensation for its value. Sadly the courts do not award compensation for sentiment as that is difficult to measure and place a value on so financial compensation would be the best you can hope for.
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