mens rea


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mens rea

(ˈmɛnz ˈreɪə)
n
(Law) law a criminal intention or knowledge that an act is wrong. It is assumed to be an ingredient of all criminal offences although some minor statutory offences are punishable irrespective of it. Compare actus reus
[Latin, literally: guilty mind]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mens rea - (law) criminal intentmens rea - (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
premeditation - (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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CRIMINAL LAW ESTABLISHES two tests for culpability: whether the defendant committed an actus reus, or an illegal act, and whether he possessed mens rea, or a guilty mind.
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Every crime has two parts: the forbidden act (actus reus) and the guilty intent (mens rea).
The important thing for this crime is the mental element (mens rea), the mental intention or mental fault, the guilty state of mind of the perpetrator at the time of the offense.