Interesting Info about Mens rea
Lawyers or solicitors might use Latin legal terms such as "Mens rea" in their consultations. The common law test or criteria for criminal liability is usually expressed in the Latin phrase "actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea" which when translated means "the act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty".
The legal principle of 'mens rea' is often at issue in murder trials. As the media covers such trials on TV we are all becoming more familiar with such legal terms. The different levels of mens rea are encompassed in the words Purposely, Knowingly, Recklessly and Negligently.
In Criminal law 'malice aforethought' is the predetermination to do an unlawful act, especially acts designed to to kill or seriously injure a person.