Mens rea

The prohibited mental or fault element for the commission of a criminal offence. It may include intent, purpose, wilfulness, knowledge, recklessness, wilful blindness, criminal negligence, or negligence depending on the offence.

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The Latin expression for the mental element in criminal law. This usually takes the form of intention, knowledge, or wilfulness. For example, for someone to be guilty of murder, in addition to performing the requisite act requirements, they must be accompanied by the intent to kill or the intention to cause grievous bodily harm knowing that death is likely.

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