State of mind

State of mind guidance:

Dishonesty is a state of mind, which is relevant for the purposes of some criminal offences. Dishonesty provides the principal form of mens rea for several offences that...

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What is recklessness? In respect of some statutory offences and common law crimes the prosecution are required to prove a mental element of recklessness on the part of...

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Specific intent—definition Offences requiring specific intent are of two kinds: • where the mental element of the offence requires a purposive intent rather than...

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Strict liability When an offence does not require proof of a mental element it is an offence of strict liability. There are some common law offences of strict liability...

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The principle of transferred malice If a person has a malicious intent towards X and, in carrying out that intent, injures Y, he is guilty of an offence. So, if D shoots...

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