Definitions for "Mens Rea"
Keywords:  rea, guilty, crime, offence, mind
The "guilty mind" necessary to establish criminal responsibility.
An intent to commit a crime. (A crime is an offence for which a penalty is prescribed). Mens rea is an essential element of all common law offences, but not always of statutory offences.
The Latin for 'guilty mind' and traditionally refers to the state of mind of the person committing a crime.
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