In Criminalibus Probationes Debent Esse Luce Clariores – Legal Maxim

Literal Meaning

In criminal cases the proofs ought to be cleared than the light.


It simply means that the evidences regarding a criminal case laid before the court, must be so clear and unambiguous that it doesn’t leaved and iota of doubt inside the minds of the court that a decision can be made another way.


It is a Latin term which means that the proofs out to be clearer that the light. 


The proofs is to be so clear that no benefit of doubt is left for the defendant. 

Case Reference

In the case of Itikala Srinu v. State of A.P.[1] it was observed that Motive in a criminal case plays an important role. When there is a clear proof of motive for the crime that lends additional support to the finding of the Court that the accused was guilty of the offence. But the absence of clear proof of motive does not necessarily lead to the contrary conclusion. 

Edited by Vigneshwar Ramasubramania

Approved & Published – Sakshi Raje


[1] Itikala Srinu v. State of A.P, 2006 (1) ALD Cri 81


Garima Sharma
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